Panthera’s field staff understand that while collecting cat scat falls under the less glamorous side of carnivore research, it can provide critical information that may be used to help conserve threatened species, like the lion. All feces contain epithelial cells that are shed from the intestinal lining as it passes through the animal's gut. Panthera has partnered with the Global Felid Genetics Programme (GFGP) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to extract DNA from scat collected in the field, and to use this material to create a ‘genetic fingerprint’ for individual cats.
Application Period Open – Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice by WildCRU of Oxford University
We are excited to announce that the 2012 application period is now open for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, delivered by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford.
WildCRU was founded in 1986 by Professor David MacDonald, and since mid-2007 Panthera and WildCRU have partnered to offer the world’s leading university center designed specifically for research in wild felid conservation.
Last December marked an exciting milestone for Panthera with the distribution of our new and enhanced camera trap model, which consists of a remarkably energy-efficient camera that snaps photos of passing wildlife in just three-tenths of a second. Given that wild tigers are very elusive and increasingly rare, these camera traps serve as a particularly valuable research tool that allow Panthera’s scientists to identify individual tigers using their unique stripe patterns and learn more about the abundance, movements and behaviors of these endangered big cats.
We are proud to announce that DisneyNature has selected Panthera as one of its wild cat conservation partners, and is encouraging DisneyNature fans to support Panthera in order to get involved in the conservation of Africa’s wild cats. DisneyNature kicked off Earth Day this year with the release of its latest nature film, African Cats. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this film follows the life story of a cheetah and lion family, and the hardships and challenges they face just trying to survive in the wild savannas of Kenya’s Maasai Mara region.
This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother’s Day. What better way to honor your mother this year than to give a gift to Panthera in her name that will help protect the big cats of the world, like this lioness and cub. After you make a donation to Panthera’s Let Lions Live campaign, we will send your Mother an email to let her know of your gift, with a message of your choice.
Panthera would like to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ and ‘thanks’ to all of the human and animal mothers of the world for the love and support they have given their ‘cubs’ over the years.
Dear Panthera Supporters,
I am excited to share with you that since my first letter sent last week to launch Panthera's Let Lions Live campaign we have reached an impressive 41% of our $30,000 goal, which we are hoping to raise by May 27th. Each dollar of this goal is being matched by a generous donor and represents one of the remaining wild lions in Africa.
Panthera is proud to share that we have partnered with sculptor David Mayer whose love of wildlife has encouraged him to use animals as the subjects of his artwork. Most recently David launched a bronze lion sculpture, pictured here. Other sculptures portray the jaguar, leopard, elephant, otter, hare and other animal species. In order to help conserve the animals upon which his artwork is based, David has generously volunteered to donate 10% of proceeds earned from the sale of his 'Lion,' ‘Jaguar,’ and ‘Leopard’ sculptures to Panthera, and to a variety of other conservation organizations.
Today is Earth Day – an international day of advocacy and celebration of the magnificence of our Earth, and the equally incredible wildlife it supports. On this day, as the citizens of the world are encouraged to make ‘A Billion Acts of Green,’ Panthera asks that you also pledge to help us make 'A Billion Acts for Big Cats.'
The big cats of this Earth – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars – serve as critical ecosystem guardians for our planet. The presence of these apex predators indicates healthy ecosystems that support thousands of plant and animal species, including people.
When you act for big cats, you act for yourself, and for all animals on the planet.
This evening at 7pm, Lion Guardians Program Director and co-founder Leela Hazzah and senior biologist Stephanie Dolrenry will give a lecture at The Explorers Club in New York City on the conservation work of the Lion Guardians program – an innovative project that employs Maasai warriors, who traditionally hunt lions, as ‘Lion Guardians.’ Through this program, local Maasai warriors are trained to respond to and mitigate human-lion conflict situations by informing herders of areas occupied by lions, helping farmers improve their livestock husbandry techniques, tracking down lost live¬stock, and discouraging other Maasai warriors from hunting lions in the future.
The 2010 Lion Guardians Annual Report has just been released! Learn about the achievements of the Lion Guardian staff, including 29 Lion Guardians or Maasai warriors, and the challenges they faced in a year still impacted by one of the worst droughts in history, in 2009. For starters, in 2010 the Lion Guardians staff monitored 55 lions in Kenya’s Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and prevented the hunting of at least 44 lions in this region, with the help of the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Maasailand Preservation Trust. Also be sure to read the latest news about the planned expansion of the Lion Guardians model to Tanzania, & around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ruaha Game Reserve.