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.
Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Panthera is proud to share that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This award recognizes Dr. Rabinowitz’s decades of tireless work to survey the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats for some of the world’s most endangered mammals – including tigers and jaguars.
In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.
Panthera has just opened the Fall 2011 intake round for the Save the Tiger Fund-Panthera grant program and is encouraging all appropriate candidates to apply now through September 30th.
A group of poachers were recently apprehended by Thai officials because of evidence they abandoned after being discovered, and surprised, by a wildlife patrol team in Thailand’s Western Forest Province. (Huai Kha Khaeng in the Western Forest Complex was one of Panthera's founding Tigers Forever sites, and has been one of the most successful in conserving tigers.) Among other items, the poachers left behind a cell phone containing photos of themselves with a dead tiger, and photos of them trafficking ivory. These images have subsequently been used in their prosecution.
Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund (STF) are joining forces to further the global fight to save tigers in the wild. This new partnership between two of the most influential and successful tiger conservation groups will double the resources available for strategic tiger conservation efforts, with a focus on addressing key threats to wild tigers and scientifically measuring conservation success.
Read the Full Press Release.
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