Press Kit

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Panthera is the world's leading conservation organization devoted exclusively to the protection of wild cats.


Founded in 2006 with the sole mission of conserving the Earth’s 38 species of wild cats, the organization is lead by renowned scientists who work on the frontlines of conservation throughout the world.

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Applying a Unique Conservation Approach

Panthera develops, implements, and oversees range-wide species conservation strategies for the world’s largest, most imperiled cats – tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards.

  • Panthera works through strategic partnerships with local and international NGO’s, scientific institutions, and local and national government agencies.
  • The organization channels both monetary and intellectual resources efficiently and quickly to overcome the greatest hurdles to wild cat conservation.
  • Where necessary, Panthera utilizes a unique approach in conserving species range-wide, as opposed to isolated sites, and does this by securing key habitat and vital corridors for threatened species.
  • Panthera has changed the game in educating and training its partners in cat conservation, from renowned experts to promising students to local communities, farmers and herders.
  • Panthera’s operating and overhead costs are guaranteed, meaning 100% of donations made to the organization go to the field, where they are needed most.

Achieving Results

Most recently, Panthera has made incredible strides in protecting tigers in Myanmar, securing vital jaguar corridors in Belize and Colombia, growing South Africa’s leopard population, and unraveling the mysteries of the elusive snow leopards of Mongolia.

Despite this, big cats remain among the most threatened species on Earth. Panthera’s targeted initiatives to save the four species of endangered cats are making important strides in both developed and under-developed nations throughout the world.

Close to 100,000 tigers roamed the forests and grasslands of Asia 100 years ago. Today, fewer than 3,200 tigers survive in the wild.  Visit the pages below to learn more about Panthera’s programs in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Loa PDR, Indonesia, Russia and China.  

The world’s largest and most iconic carnivore, the African lion, is in jeopardy. Surviving in less than 20 percent of the areas they inhabited 150 years ago, the animals are disappearing fast.  Visit the pages below to learn more about Panthera’s work to address the threats facing lions throughout their African range. 

Ranging from Mexico through northern Argentina, the jaguar is the largest cat in the western hemisphere and the third largest cat in the world. Despite the large region that they call home, jaguar range has declined by more than 40 percent in the last 100 years. Panthera is making tremendous strides by working with local communities and heads of State to create the world’s most extensive genetic corridor for a species. Visit the pages below to learn more. 

Snow Leopards
One of the most elusive animals on the planet, the snow leopard is an iconic symbol of the mountains of central Asia. Today, only 3,500 – 7,000 snow leopards remain across twelve Asian range states. Visit the page below to learn more about Panthera’s work across snow leopard range, and the first ever long-term study of the species in Mongolia’s South Gobi province.

Additional Programs

Panthera is also involved in conservation initiatives for the leopard, cougar, and cheetah. Visit the pages below to learn more.