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.
Enjoy our photo of the day of a rare camera trap photo of a wild tiger chasing a porcupine in the Indian Terai. This might not end well for either of them! See this image featured as our Photo of the Month in Panthera's May Newsletter.
Learn more about Panthera's tiger conservation initiatives through the Tigers Forever Program
Can you spot the tiger cub in our photo of the day taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, in Bandhavgarh National Park, India? This gorgeous photo and more of Steve's tiger photography is featured in a new National Geographic book entitled, 'Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Big Cat.'
Learn more about Panthera's Tigers Forever Program
Enjoy our heartwarming photo of the day of a mother & cub in Bandhavgarh National Park, India, taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter. Can you imagine a world without tigers? Neither can we. Learn more about Panthera's Tigers Forever program which focuses solely on mitigating & eliminating the key threats facing wild tigers, with a goal of increasing tiger numbers at key sites by 50% over the next 10 years.
Our photo of the day features a stunning tiger from Bandhavgarh Natl Park, India, taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter. Did you know that tigers living in tropical climates like South Asia are darker in coat & more richly striped, while paler & lightly striped tigers live in temperate areas? Learn more facts about these beautiful big cats & their threats.
Panthera’s VP Andrea Heydlauff Interviewed by The Huffington Post on the Rampant Trade in Tiger Parts
The Huffington Post published a recent article on the trade of tiger bones in China, which are used in tonic wines thought to hold medicinal properties, and the damning impact of this trade on the Endangered tiger. Read the article and find out what Panthera's Vice President, Andrea Heydlauff, had to say about the tiger bone wine trade, the larger illegal wildlife market, the decline of Asia’s tiger populations over the last 100 years and what must be done by governments in Asia, conservation organizations like Panthera, and consumers around the world to halt this rampant and destructive trade.
Our photo of the day, taken by Panthera’s Media Director Steve Winter, shows an impressively camouflaged tiger walking through tall grass in India’s Kaziranga National Park.
Panthera’s CEO and renowned tiger scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was recently interviewed for The New York Times Green blog article, ‘Protected Tigers, Burning Bright,' to share his opinions on the current state of tigers and one of the most critical, proven elements required to protect and grow the last remaining tiger populations across Asia – the interest and investment of governments.