In January 2012, Panthera and the National Geographic Society's Big Cats Initiative (BCI) formed an important collaboration to further the global fight to save big cats in the wild. Officials from Panthera and the National Geographic Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding designating Panthera as a scientific and strategic collaborator on the BCI. The collaboration will facilitate the development and implementation of global conservation strategies for the most imperiled cats around the world, including tigers, lions, leopards and cheetahs. To help guide strategy, an advisory group composed of representatives from each organization has been established.
The advisory group members are Panthera’s CEO Alan Rabinowitz, BCI Grants Committee Chair Thomas Lovejoy and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dereck Joubert, who, with Beverly Joubert and National Geographic, founded BCI. As part of this effort, the BCI also will utilize the expertise of Panthera's premier cat biologists, who will provide scientific and strategic advice on conservation projects supported by the BCI.
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