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.
We are saddened to share that Rinchen Wangchuk, a dear friend of Panthera’s and the Founder and Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy–India Trust, passed away recently after years of battling ALS. Among the international wildlife conservation community and beyond, Rinchen was renowned for his incredible lifetime contribution in studying and saving snow leopards.
The Mongolian government has just announced its decision to reverse a proposal that would have allowed for the hunting of at least four snow leopards, and possibly many more, for the sake of scientific ‘research.’ See Panthera’s Press Release congratulating Mongolia on this decision, and read about Panthera’s petition to the Mongolian government that was signed by nearly 3,500 Panthera supporters.
In an inspiring wave of support, Panthera’s community has joined together to petition the Mongolian government to reverse their decision allowing the hunting of at least four snow leopards for scientific ‘research.’ In just the past few days, Panthera’s petition of Mongolia’s snow leopard hunting proposal has received over 2,000 signatures! To continue to raise support for this cause, we are asking our fans to sign Panthera’s petition and share it with friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter and other means.
Join us on March 3rd at 7 p.m. for a lecture at the Eastside Audubon by Panthera's Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, on "Snow Leopards: Saving a Treasure of Central Asia's Mountains."
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.
It’s not all cat-fancy working to save big cats in the wild. In fact, our field researchers undergo some pretty harsh conditions – and the wet season in the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland in Brazil, is no exception. The Pantanal can flood as high as 8 meters during the rainy season (October – April) – conditions in which mosquitoes thrive. But Panthera’s field scientists understand that there’s no off-season for saving cats. Check out this video of Dr.