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.
Today, Panthera is excited to celebrate the first annual World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a day “to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.” We ask you to join with us in celebrating the world’s big cats, and other species, by signing up for our big cat email updates.
Panthera’s Director of Media and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, spent a decade in search of wild tigers, devoted to capturing their magnificence and telling their story, and hoping to reinvigorate global concern as their numbers continued to dwindle. In 2007, freelance environmental journalist Sharon Guynup was working on a story about poaching in India's Kaziranga National Park--when she glimpsed her first wild tiger and began writing regularly about big cats. Now, their photographs and stories can be seen in the newly published Panthera-National Geographic book, entitled ‘Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat.’
Earlier today, BBC World News Television interviewed Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on new and sobering findings on the state of lions in West Africa. Watch the interview below to see Dr. Hunter discuss the recent and catastrophic decline in West Africa's lion populations and the threats that have brought about this population loss.
Learn what Dr. Hunter had to say about the surprising findings from a Panthera-led study in West Africa, including the existence of just an estimated 250 adult lions restricted to four isolated and severely imperiled populations in the region. Also hear what Dr. Hunter had to say about what is needed to protect and grow these remaining lion populations in West Africa.