Snow Leopard

14 Apr

Part Two: A Tribute to Peter Matthiessen – Friend, Naturalist and Novelist of ‘The Snow Leopard’

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Last week, upon learning of the passing of naturalist and novelist Peter Matthiessen, Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, shared his reflections on the profound impact that Matthiessen had on the field of conservation and the inspiration he provided for admirers of the snow leopard and wildlife around the world.

08 Apr

A Tribute to Peter Matthiessen – Friend, Naturalist and Novelist of ‘The Snow Leopard’

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We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the incredible naturalist and novelist, Peter Matthiessen, over the weekend. Matthiessen was known for a rich volume of works, including the groundbreaking book, The Snow Leopard, which recounted his two-month expedition in 1973 with Panthera’s Dr. George Schaller into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep, and possibly glimpse the elusive snow leopard. This book launched the species into common day lexicon, making this never-heard of cat known to the world, even though Matthiessen himself never saw one.

03 Mar

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with Panthera

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Today, Panthera is excited to celebrate the first annual World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a day “to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.” We ask you to join with us in celebrating the world’s big cats, and other species, by signing up for our big cat email updates.

10 Feb

A New York Times Op-Ed by Panthera’s George Schaller: Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards

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On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Program Deputy Director, Peter Zahler, entitled ‘Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards.’

In this hopeful editorial, Schaller and Zahler describe how conservation of the endangered snow leopard across Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China has helped spawn new community conservation programs, international diplomacy initiatives & what Schaller and Zahler describe as "ecological civilizations."

03 Feb

NYT Op-Ed by Panthera’s Dr. George Schaller – “Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards”

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On Sunday, the New York Times published an op-ed by Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Program Deputy Director, Peter Zahler, entitled ‘Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards.’

15 Jan

First Ever Photos Of Snow Leopards in Uzbekistan Taken Through Panthera, WWF and Gissar Nature Reserve Study

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Newly obtained camera trap images have provided the very first photographic evidence of snow leopards in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan.

17 Dec

Panthera’s Snow Leopard Selfie Featured on Live Science

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Human ‘selfies’ are all the rage this year (photos of oneself, taken by oneself), and recently Live Science gave a nod to the ‘Best Wild Animal Selfies’ in a new photo gallery published here. Among the ‘best wild animal selfies’ is this great camera trap photo taken through the Panthera-Fauna & Flora International snow leopard conservation project carried out in Tajikistan.

13 Sep

The Explorers’ Club Dinner and Presentation with Panthera President Dr. Luke Hunter

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The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.

12 Sep

Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Coordinator, Tanya Rosen, Highlighted in IUCN’s ‘Women and the Environment’ Segment

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This month, through their ‘Women and the Environment’ segment, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is turning the spotlight on some of the inspirational women who are working in conservation and sustainable development. Some are hands-on practitioners while others are dedicating their efforts to promoting the importance of gender equality in environmental policy making.

05 Sep

Press Release: Tibetan Monasteries Serve as Critical Allies for Snow Leopards

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New York, NY – A Panthera co-authored study published last week confirms the critical role of Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries in the fight to conserve the endangered snow leopard.