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.
We are proud to announce that DisneyNature has selected Panthera as one of its wild cat conservation partners, and is encouraging DisneyNature fans to support Panthera in order to get involved in the conservation of Africa’s wild cats. DisneyNature kicked off Earth Day this year with the release of its latest nature film, African Cats. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this film follows the life story of a cheetah and lion family, and the hardships and challenges they face just trying to survive in the wild savannas of Kenya’s Maasai Mara region.
Panthera has just released our May newsletter, and we’ve got a long list of exciting stories from the field and news about our latest partnerships. Read about how Panthera’s camera traps helped bring poachers to justice in India, DisneyNature chose Panthera as a way to get involved in saving African Cats, a dedicated field assistant in Mozambique collected lion scat to help build himself a new roof, and more on Panthera’s 'Let Lions Live' campaign, education opportunities for conservationists, and our latest partnerships with Velo Enterprise and David Mayer Sculpture!
Panthera congratulates the ongoing commitment by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to bring attention to the needs of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Using camera traps, WWF recently captured the images of possibly 12 Sumatran tigers, including cubs. Unfortunately, these 12 tigers were seen in the Bukit Tigapuluh forest, an area that continues to experience rampant deforestation for palm oil and paper plantations - which means their future is at serious risk. Through releasing these camera trap images, WWF continues to reveal that tigers are persisting in this area and cannot be forgotten; and their habitat and prey populations need to be protected as well.
Panthera is proud to share that we have partnered with sculptor David Mayer whose love of wildlife has encouraged him to use animals as the subjects of his artwork. Most recently David launched a bronze lion sculpture, pictured here. Other sculptures portray the jaguar, leopard, elephant, otter, hare and other animal species. In order to help conserve the animals upon which his artwork is based, David has generously volunteered to donate 10% of proceeds earned from the sale of his 'Lion,' ‘Jaguar,’ and ‘Leopard’ sculptures to Panthera, and to a variety of other conservation organizations.
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.
The final airing of the Lost Land of the Tiger program featuring Panthera President and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will take place this evening at 5pm EST. Tune in to watch Dr. Alan Rabinowitz & a team of scientists as they travel through Bhutan in search of tigers.
The BBC 'Lost Land of the Tiger' program featuring Panthera President and CEO and tiger expert Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will air on National Geographic beginning Friday, April 8th, at 9pm. Tune in to watch Dr. Alan Rabinowitz & a team of scientists as they travel through Bhutan in search of tigers.
The program will also be airing on: Saturday, April 9th, at 12am & 9am EST Monday, April 11th, at 11am EST Friday, April 15th, at 5pm EST More info can be found on this program at http://on.natgeo.com/eHoqHK & http://bit.ly/hGNupX.
The recent tiger estimates to come from the Government of India, released on the 28th March, put the current Indian wild tiger population at 1,706 adults (including 70 from the Sundarbans bordering Bangladesh). These numbers have been making headlines, as they indicate a 16% increase in India's overall tiger population since the 2007 estimates of 1,411 individuals. Significant resources (money and manpower) have been put into these recent efforts, which need to be applauded. However, celebration of a rising tiger population should be tempered. As one of India’s most renowned tiger biologists, Dr. Ullas Karanth was quick to point out, the methodology that underpins these estimates has yet to be adequately described, making it difficult to be confident in the estimates.