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.
Using a series of camera trap photos taken one after the other, Panthera’s snow leopard program staff created this video of a wild snow leopard on the Tibetan Plateau in China’s Qinghai Province. The video shows a snow leopard sniffing an overhanging boulder, which is a common target for where snow leopards leave their scent. Additional photos captured with the same camera trap show a number of other snow leopards spraying and sniffing the same rock.
We are excited to share that for a limited time a portion of proceeds from the sale of Robert Vavra’s most recent book, Remembering Africa, will be donated to Panthera to support our global wild cat conservation projects. For the next several months, Panthera will receive 15% of proceeds from the sale of this book and customers will receive a 10% discount when they enter the code PANTHERA at checkout. 100% of contributions made from the sale of Remembering Africa will go directly to the field where it matters most.
Panthera has created downloadable report cards that summarize the current state of tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards and what Panthera is doing to protect these wild cats. Learn about population estimates, the extent of their historic and current range, the primary threats they face, and the programs that Panthera is carrying out around the globe to conserve these big cats. Download and print these report cards and share them with your friends and family.
Just weeks into the start of this year’s snow leopard collaring season, Swedish Ph.D. student Orjan Johansson collared a record four snow leopards in a 20 night period! Two of the cats were females new to the Mongolia-based study (one named ‘Lasya’ or ‘great beauty’ in Mongolian and the other named ‘Anu’ after a famed Mongolian warrior princess); the other two were Aztai and Khavar, whose collars needed to be replaced.