New York, NY – A major victory for wildlife protection forces was made last week with the launch of a new government-operated insurance program to cover all forest guards employed in the Indian state of Karnataka, which holds the largest number of wild tigers in India, and serves as a stronghold for this highly endangered species.
Forest guards in India’s Nagarahole Tiger Reserve with confiscated axis deer meat from poachers. Axis deer serve as a key prey source for tigers and leopards in the region.
Our photo of the day features a stunning Amur tiger, taken by Panthera's Senior Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich. Found in the Russian Far East, Amur, or Siberian tigers are the largest subspecies of tiger, but today their numbers hover between 350-400.
Learn how Panthera is working to protect these magnificent cats through our Tigers Forever Program.
Today: Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Lectures on ‘Saving the World’s Big Cats: From Brooklyn to Burma, and Beyond’
Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will give a lecture on ‘Saving the World’s Big Cats: From Brooklyn to Burma, and Beyond’ for the Foundations of Education Series at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Mount Kisco, NY at 7:00pm today, Wednesday, November 14th. Join us to learn about Dr. Rabinowitz's fascinating life story and career in wild cat conservation, which started in Brooklyn, New York, and lead to some of the world’s most exotic places, including Burma (Myanmar).
Check out our photo of the day of a great "tig-o-lantern" carved by a talented Panthera fan! Have you carved your cat-themed pumpkin yet? Halloween is almost here but it's not too late! Round up your family and friends this weekend and host a pumpkin carving contest using one of Panthera's cat-themed stencils. Be sure to send a pic of your pumpkin to email@example.com so we can share!
Join Panthera's Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter, for a special lecture on the art of nature photography at New York City's SoHo Apple store tonight, Wednesday, October 24th, at 6pm. See the incredible photos for which Winter recently won Veolia Environnement's Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award and the Runner-up Prize for The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species. Also hear stories from Winter's photographic adventures to document Asia's dwindling tiger populations and learn how this important work benefits the conservation of wild cats and other wildlife.
Learn more about Steve Winter.
A young tiger slipping through a fence in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. This photo was part of the series, 'The Tiger's Tale,' which won Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, the prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award from the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition!
Panthera's Media Director Wins Prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of The Year Award for Stunning Wild Tiger Photos
Photographs taken in India, Thailand and Indonesia capture this enigmatic species, their struggle to survive in the wild and the efforts undertaken to save this endangered and iconic cat.
Our photo of the day features a stunning tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India, taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter. Did you know that tigers vary widely in size? Sumatran tigers are the smallest while individuals from India and Russia are the largest. The largest wild male on record weighed 261kg!
By Sanjay Gubbi, Tiger Program Coordinator for Panthera
Some wildlife conservationists welcomed it as the move to save tigers. A few called it ridiculous. The media pronounced it as a ban on tourism in India’s 41 tiger reserves. Regardless of the label, the recent interim ban on tiger tourism issued by India’s Supreme Court has garnered widespread international attention and controversy, with many inaccurate interpretations circulating of the Supreme Court’s order. In reality, the court is not moving to restrict the public from viewing tigers in the wild, but is instead temporarily suspending such tourism to achieve a much-needed conservation goal for India’s tigers.
A New York Times Dot Earth “Postcard” from Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, CEO of Panthera
I recently flew to Bangkok to join many of the world’s leading tiger experts, law enforcement specialists and some of my closest peers to assess the state of tigers and map out the conservation actions required to ensure the long term survival of the species.