The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
Recently, India’s leading wildlife and environmental conservation magazine - Sanctuary Asia Magazine - launched the Leave Me Alone tiger conservation campaign to highlight the state of the species and encourage the citizens of India to participate in public events supporting tiger conservation. Read a public statement from Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, endorsing the campaign below:
14 month-old tiger cub has its eyes set on a deer near the shore in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. This photo and more beautiful tiger photography can be found in Panthera Media Director, Steve Winter's, upcoming National Geographic book, 'Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat.'
Pre-order your copy of 'Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat' (ships in November) and a portion of proceeds will go to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program.
To continue to highlight International Tiger Day, take a moment to read and share Panthera's Tiger Infographic
to raise awareness about the fragile state of the fewer than 3,200 tigers that remain in the wild.
Preliminary density estimates for tigers in southern Sumatra are highest recorded for the island
New York, NY – In time for the third annual International Tiger Day, recent findings from a camera trap survey in Sumatra, Indonesia have uncovered a burgeoning tiger stronghold on an island that typically makes headlines for its rampant loss of forests and wildlife.
Our photo of the day is an up close and personal view of a wild tiger in Madhya Pradesh, India, taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, using a remote controlled camera! See how this image was captured in Steve's National Geographic Live Lecture, "Robot vs Tiger." The video includes a portion of Steve's 2011 presentation “On the Trail of the Tiger."
Enjoy our photo of the day of a brave little frog resting on a tiger cub! This photo was taken at a waterhole in India's Bandhavgarh National Park by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter. See more beautiful tiger photography and learn how Panthera is working to protect this iconic species in Steve's NatGeo book, 'Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat.' Learn more & pre-order
Africa's great cat, the magnificent lion, is facing a poaching crisis.
The lion is the latest species swept up in the insatiable trade in wildlife for the Asian 'medicinal' market. As tigers become scarcer and the number of consumers explodes, the poachers are hunting further afield. South Africa's lion breeders now sell lion bones openly to Chinese markets. Wild lions have a new value to local people- dismembered as parts and pieces, to sell into the same trade routes that end on restaurant tables in China.
Panthera is excited to share that pre-order sales have begun for the new National Geographic book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat, by Panthera’s Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this gorgeous book will go to Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, to help ensure the survival of the species long into the future.
Out of all the big cats, the tiger is the most threatened by poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. The trade in their body parts commands a high price, where every piece of a tiger - its skin, bones, claws, teeth and eyeballs - has a price-tag. Even the soil under the carcass of a tiger has value. This market has already wiped out tiger populations throughout much of Asia, and has left others hemorrhaging. Today, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from over 100,000 a century ago.
While the consumer behavior of millions that is supporting this trade must be changed, the tiger is running out of time. We have to protect those that remain in the wild now; we must stop the bleeding. And we need your help.