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.
During a trip to the Yankari Game Reserve in central Nigeria in late January, Panthera’s Lion Survey Coordinator, Philipp Henschel, encountered and photographed a group of three lions while out on a field survey, including an old adult male, one female, and a cub thought to be 8-10 months old (pictured left) as they were resting, having just fed on a waterbuck.
The Panthera-produced film, My Pantanal,has recently been accepted into two prestigious Film Festivals – the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference to be held March 28th-31st in Cape Town, South Africa and the Newport Beach Film Festival to be held from April 28th - May 5th in Newport Beach, California.
The 68th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYI) awarded its Global Vision Award to Steve Winter, Panthera’s Media Director, for a collection of 40 photographs of the wildlife and people that populate the grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Among the captivating images are a tiger staring down the camera amidst the tall grass, curious one-horned Indian rhinos and blindfolded poachers, apprehended for targeting rhinos for their horns and tigers for their body parts, on their way to interrogation at the park’s ranger station.
In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz suffered from a severe stutter as a child and worked through his hardships in a most unusual way. Here is his story in his own words.
Blog Post by Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Featured on CNN's Human Factor Blog.
Our February newsletter has just been released, featuring stories of Panthera's involvement in a wildlife trafficking case in Gabon, the latest study confirming the status of the Asiatic cheetah, the 2011 Kaplan-Rabinowitz Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation awardee, Panthera's 'Name the Jaguar' contest, and more.