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.
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.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we have the perfect gift for your loved ones – a Panthera e-card! Our e-cards feature beautiful photographs of big cats with Valentine’s Day messages that you can personalize for a minimum of a $5 donation per e-card. Choose your card now and let your special someone know that you care about them, and big cats!
With fewer than 3,200 left in the wild, tigers are by far the most endangered of the big cats, and in order to ensure a future for the species, Panthera is working to educate young generations about the threats facing tigers and why it is important to save this enigmatic and declining species. This month, Panthera is featured in a weekly interactive newspaper for children called The Mini Page, which is included in nearly 500 newspapers in the US and abroad and is used to educate children about a variety of topics both in the classroom and at home using stories, pictures, drawings, puzzles, and other games.
Last week we shared the video “popcast” of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz’s presentation at the 2010 PopTech Conference in November. Now, we’d like to share another interesting PopTech video of the Q&A session in which Dr. Rabinowitz participated alongside fellow PopTech presenters David de Rothschild and Susan Casey. Watch this video now to hear the panelists discuss the relationship between fear, risk, passion and failure in their careers, what the conservation world needs to succeed and Dr.