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.
Read Panthera’s June newsletter to learn about how Panthera's Leopard Program Coordinator made the 2011 Mail & Guardian 'Top 200 Young South Africans' List, the record-breaking work being done in Mongolia to uncover the secret lives of snow leopards, Panthera's Father's Day e-cards, the successful bust by Brazilian authorities of an illegal hunting operation in the Pantanal, and how Panthera’s scientists’ are using cougar conservation best practices to protect the leopards of South Africa. Also read up on Panthera’s latest partnerships, events and publications.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation
We would like to announce that Panthera is now accepting applications for the 2011 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation. Each year, Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council awards a prize to a special individual who has made a significant contribution to conserving wild cats, and who represents the next generation of scientists, conservationists, policy makers, politicians and planners who will pave the future of wild cat conservation. The prize winner is someone who has and will continue to work tirelessly to contribute, in a significant way, to the conservation of wild cats.
Panthera has recently named our newest Junior Ambassador – a seven year old from White Plains, New York named Grace, who is dedicating her creative talents to wild cat conservation. According to her mom, Grace’s fascination with the natural world started when she was just 3 or 4 years old when she insisted on saving every bug that fell into their pool. An afternoon of splashing around with her twin brother quickly turned into a massive rescue mission, with Grace trying to airlift every six-legged victim to safety.
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.