Today marks International Tiger Day - a global day to raise awareness about the world’s largest wild cat, and what’s at stake. Unbeknownst to many, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, and their survival is threatened due to rampant poaching for the illegal wildlife market, where their skins and body parts are traded at a high price.
The BBC has reported that at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Chinese officials reportedly admitted that trade in tiger skins remains legal in China.
Jakarta, Indonesia - On July 16th, 2014, Panthera, the world's leading wild cat conservation organization, at their annual Tigers Forever meeting, recognized notable successes from numerous partners across tiger range in the fight to save wild tigers.
Each year, Panthera hosts a Tigers Forever program meeting, bringing together existing and potential conservation partners, including some of the world’s leading tiger scientists, law enforcement specialists and policy experts, to assess the state of the fewer than 3,200 wild tigers that remain in the world and identify the conservation activities required to ensure the long term survival of the species.
TakePart Interviews Panthera’s Senior Tiger Program Director on DNA-Based Convictions of Tiger Poachers
A new TakePart article features an interview with Panthera’s Senior Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich, on the DNA-based conviction of three tiger poachers in India’s Maharashtra State. Hailed as the fastest conviction of its kind, and resulting in five year prison terms for each poacher, the DNA-based convictions are notable for India, a country where many wildlife rangers lack the equipment and weapons to protect tigers or even themselves.
Press Release: New Global Alliance Commits $80 Million to Save the World's Wild Cats and Their Ecosystems
Commitment Unites Donors from China, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States to Collectively Provide $80 Million in Cornerstone Funding for Panthera's $200 Million Initiative for Wild Cats
Outside Magazine Travels with Panthera’s CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to Investigate the Tigers of the Sundarbans
Situated in both India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans is a region uniquely defined by water, home to the largest delta and mangrove forest in the world, and one of the last strongholds for the endangered tiger, now estimated to number fewer than 3,200 in the wild. In this landscape, Outside Magazine recently embarked on an expedition with Panthera’s CEO and renowned tiger scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, to investigate the tigers of the Sundarbans, and this week, the story of this journey has been unveiled in a new article entitled ‘Five Hundred Pounds of Stealth’.
Today is Earth Day - Are you ready to act for wild cats? Read Panthera's 5 wild cat facts and encourage your family & friends to act for wild cats! Consider making a contribution to Panthera on Earth Day as well to support the future of big cats - our planet's ultimate ecosystem guardians. 100% of your donation will go directly to Panthera's field programs, where it matters most, to protect wild cats around the world.
Two tigers – one drinking and another quizzically investigating a camera trap – in India’s Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in March 2013. Along with Lansdowne Division, Sonanadi acts as a critical corridor connecting tigers and other wildlife between Corbett Tiger Reserve and Rajaji National Park.
See this image featured as our Photo of the Month in Panthera's April Newsletter.
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A new article by The Guardian entitled 'India grapples with wildlife-human conflict' examines the history and increase of clashes between local communities in India, including those bordering national parks, and wildlife such as tigers and elephants. Read the article to learn how India’s growing human population that is living in close proximity to wildlife is fueling this conflict, the ongoing debate regarding how to manage human-wildlife conflict, and recent cases of clashes in the region, including a tiger that reportedly killed ten people in India’s northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.