It’s no secret that big cats, just like their distant cousin, the domestic house cat, are characteristically curious, particularly when it comes to Panthera’s camera traps. Wild cats and other wildlife are naturally intrigued (and sometimes even spooked) when they pass through camera traps’ infrared sensors and trigger flashes of light, or spot the glowing, red light emitted by some of Panthera’s camera trap models. Most of the time, these cats react by taking a closer, quizzical look at the camera traps, and sometimes they sniff, paw and even ‘mark’ or spray Panthera’s camera traps to identify their territories.
In March, Panthera’s snow leopard scientists placed 20 camera traps throughout Mongolia’s rugged Tost Mountains in hopes of capturing new data that would inform Panthera’s snow leopard conservation initiatives. Today, we are excited to share a number of our ‘best of’ Spring camera trap photos.
Although the snow leopard has been given the nickname of ‘Asia’s Mountain Ghost,’ Panthera’s scientists captured many images of not-so-shy snow leopards demonstrating their characteristic cat curiosity by examining the camera traps with their eyes, noses, and tongues.
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.
Panthera's snow leopard scientists have just retrieved this video of a snow leopard mother and her two cubs investigating a camera trap in the Tost Mountains of South Gobi, Mongolia. Based on the size of the cubs, our scientists estimate that they were at least born in the spring of 2010. Our scientists hope to collar these snow leopards in the coming months to learn more about their habitat use, breeding habits, survival, interactions with local human communities, and other valuable data.
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.
Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have captured the first camera trap images of snow leopards in the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, as reported by the Environment News Service. These images serve as a sign of hope for the endangered snow leopard in Afghanistan and throughout Asia, where they are currently estimated to number between 3,500-7,000.
One of Panthera’s ultimate fans, Jeremy Aylmer, has just embarked on an ambulance & tea odyssey from London to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan in a TEAmbulance, and is working to raise £2,000 to support Panthera’s wild cat conservation programs along the way! Jeremy and the TEAmbulance team will drive across Europe and along the ancient Silk Road, crossing multiple borders, scorching deserts and majestic mountains, all the while making friends and sharing cups of tea in typical English fashion with those they meet on the journey. After reaching their destination, the TEAmbulance team will donate their much-needed ambulance to a local hospital in Tajikistan.
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.