Recently, ‘homemade’ videos of lions in zoos pawing at and interacting with children through their protected enclosures have been featured on various news television programs, blogs and other outlets. As several of these videos feature toddlers in striped clothing, many viewers were left wondering if the lions actually mistook the children for their natural prey – wild zebras.
Enjoy our photo of the day showing two lion cubs in Zambia, taken by Panthera’s partner photographer, Nick Garbutt! This picture clearly shows the dark brown rosettes with which lion cubs are born, but that fade with age.
Last April, Panthera reported on field surveys carried out in 2009 by Panthera, WCS Nigeria and the Nigerian National Park Service, which revealed that Nigeria was then home to fewer than just 50 individual lions. Approximately 15-20 lions were estimated to live within Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve, while the remaining 30-35 lions were found to reside in Kainji Lake National Park in western Nigeria. These fragile populations represented two of only four known lion populations that remained in West Africa.
This photo of an extremely worn out lion was taken in the Serengeti in February of 2009 by Panthera’s Kaplan scholar and graduate student, Laila Bahaa-el-din.
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A PLoS ONE scientific publication co-authored by Panthera’s scientists, Peter Lindsey and Guy Balme, on the significance of African lions for the financial viability of the trophy hunting industry was recently posted on USA Today’s ScienceFair Forum. This study assessed the significance of lions to the financial viability of trophy hunting across five African countries – Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia - to help determine the economic impact and advisability of recently proposed restrictions to limit or ban the import o
Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.
In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.
Read an interesting interview by The Responsibility Project with wild cat expert and Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to learn how Dr. Rabinowitz’s thoughts about conservation have evolved since the start of his career, what he believes is the new conservation paradigm and how Panthera is working to implement it, why he feels a responsibility to protect the earth’s wildlife, and much more.
Read more about Dr. Rabinowitz.