On June 1, 2014, environmental philanthropists from China, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States formed a new Global Alliance with Panthera committing an initial $80 Million over the next ten years to conserve the world's wild cats and their ecosystems. Marking an unprecedented turning point for the future of wild cat conservation, the Global Alliance’s $80 Million commitment provides cornerstone funding for Panthera's new $200 Million initiative for wild cats.
The Alliance’s $80 Million commitment will fund the most effective solutions for conserving the world’s wild cats and mitigating their primary threats: poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, retaliatory and punitive killing of cats due to conflict with people, unsustainable hunting of prey species, and the loss and fragmentation of habitat.
Initiatives funded through this commitment will focus on protecting the world’s largest wild cats - tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopards, cougars and leopards – by implementing the following conservation solutions:
- Protecting and stabilizing more than half of the world’s most important Asian tiger and African lion populations;
- Securing the largest carnivore corridor in the world for jaguars across 18 countries in Latin America;
- Creating community-based conservation projects in nearly all countries with snow leopard populations;
- Reducing killing and poaching in more than half of cheetah and leopard range countries; and
- Designing and implementing a range-wide conservation strategy for cougars, inclusive of creating corridors and recovery landscapes across North America.
Read Panthera’s press release to learn more about this groundbreaking alliance for wild cats.
Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Dr. Thomas Kaplan, Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, and Mr. Jho Low (left to right) announce a new global alliance in Abu Dhabi committing $80 million to conserve the world's wild cats and their ecosystems.
The Founding Partners
The Founding Partners of the new Global Alliance for wild cats are His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; Mr. Jho Low, Director of Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited of Hong Kong; Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Chairman DSP Blackrock India and the Wildlife Conservation Trust; and Dr. Thomas Kaplan and Mrs. Daphne Recanati Kaplan, Panthera's founders. His Highness' personal commitment to the Panthera alliance will be managed through the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, established by the Crown Prince in 2009.
Click the images below to learn more about the founders of the Global Alliance.
- Financial Times | Thomas Kaplan, Founder and Chairman, Panthera
- Associated Press | Donors Pledge $80 Million to Protect Wild Cats
- Forbes | Can Big Name Philanthropists Save The Big Cats?
- The New York Times | Donors Pledge $80 Million to Protect Wild Cats
- Huffington Post | Donors Pledge $80 Million to Protect Wild Cats
- Gulf News | Mohammad Bin Zayed Contributes Dh73.4m for Wild Cats
- National Geographic | Philanthropists Pledge $80 Million for Wild Cat Conservation
- The National | Dh294m Pledge to Save the Wild Cats
- Daily Beast | Abu Dhabi Elite Vow $80M for Wild Cats
- Salon | Donors Pledge $80 Million to Protect Wild Cats
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