Last summer, a wildlife patrol team arrested two tiger poachers in Thailand’s Western Forest Province using evidence that included photos from the poachers’ cell phone showing the men standing over a dead tiger (which was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Society), along with images showing them trafficking elephant ivory. After a lengthy trial, Thai officials recently sentenced the two men to five and four years in prison – the most severe punishments ever given for wildlife poaching in Thailand. As this case comes to a close, Panthera congratulates Thai officials for sending a clear warning to all current and would-be wildlife poachers that this illegal and cruel activity will not be tolerated.
Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, Wins Second Consecutive ‘Global Vision Award’ from Pictures of the Year International
We are proud to share that Panthera’s Media Director, Steve Winter, has received the 69th annual ‘Global Vision Award’ from Pictures of the Year International (POYi) for the second consecutive year. Winter was honored with this prestigious award for a series of 40 images, featured below, taken in Sumatra, Thailand and India that illustrate both the beauty and natural history of tigers – and documents the conflicts between tigers and the people that share their habitats. The photos and story of Steve’s journey to capture them were also featured in the December 2011 National Geographic article, “A Cry for the Tiger.”
‘Lost Land of the Tiger’ Program Featuring Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Posted on National Geographic’s Website
In 2010, nearly 5 million viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the exciting BBC expedition – Lost Land of the Tiger – which resulted in video footage of tigers potentially breeding at the highest elevation ever recorded in Bhutan – approximately 13,500 feet. In 2011, the three-part series finally came to the United States via National Geographic WILD. We’re now excited to share that a condensed, 45 minute segment of the three-part documentary series has been posted on National Geographic’s website.
Now through April 7th, a group of 25 professional artists have volunteered to donate a percentage of sales of their artwork to support Panthera's tiger conservation initiatives. Organized by Panthera supporter and artist, Regina Case, this auction is being held online through the newly released website "Art Helps the Planet" @ http://bit.ly/yaPOiX. The paintings posted online will also be on display at the C Street Hall Gallery in Eureka, California beginning in early April. Auction bids can be made now online or in person at the C Street Hall Gallery in April.
I'm writing to you today from Corbett National Park in India, one of the most well known tiger reserves in the world. Many of the world's leading tiger experts, including my colleagues from Panthera and I, are here at our 5th Annual Tigers Forever meeting - to assess our progress towards achieving tiger and prey increases in key landscapes across the tiger's range.
National Geographic has just released a new article, A Cry for the Tiger, featuring interviews with Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Panthera Founder Dr. Thomas Kaplan, along with breathtaking photographs of wild tigers taken by Panthera Media Director Steve Winter. Read the article now to learn about why we are losing the tiger and and highlights the effective conservation strategies being implemented today through Panthera's Tigers Forever program to save the Endangered tiger.
Most news we hear about tigers is in regards to their precipitous decline. So you can imagine our delight when this image was shared with us, from photographer and wildlife enthusiast Nidhi Saraf who captured a rare, and frankly, magical event. Nidhi snapped this photo – of a tigress and her 5 cubs (yes 5!!) - on an early morning in Pench Tiger Reserve in India.
While most news about tigers is on their dramatic decline (down to fewer than 3,200 in the wild) and increasing threats to their long-term survival, a new study, published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, and which Panthera’s Tiger Program Director Dr. Joseph Smith is a co-author, provides a glimmer of hope for Indonesia’s last subspecies, the Sumatran
Science Magazine has just published a letter to the editor written by Panthera's Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Dr. Joseph Smith in response to a letter published in August (Science Magazine, 12 August 2011, pg. 822) entitled “Restoring Tigers to the Caspian region.” Read what Panthera’s tiger experts had to say about the tiger conservation methods suggested in last month’s magazine edition, and what they have found to be the most successful strategies to save wild tigers.
Oct 24: Panthera Media Director, Steve Winter, to Lecture on the Art of Photography at NYC’s Apple Store
Join us tonight, October 24th, for a special lecture on the art of photography by Panthera Media Director and National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. The lecture will be held at 8pm at the Apple store on New York City’s Upper West Side. During the presentation, Steve will share stories from his career as a wildlife photographer and discuss the art of photographing wildlife, including big cats, and how his work benefits the conservation of these magnificent animals through Panthera’s global conservation projects.
Learn more about Steve Winter.