Alan Rabinowitz, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been called ‘The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation’ by TIME Magazine. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981 with an M.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world’s wild cat species. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization’s Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.

Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley. In northern Myanmar, Dr. Rabinowitz also discovered a new large mammal species and the world’s most primitive deer, the leaf deer.

Dr. Rabinowitz has authored over one hundred scientific and popular articles and eight books, including Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle to Establish the First Jaguar Preserve(1986/ 2000), Chasing the Dragon’s Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand’s Wild Cats(1991/ 2002), Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia’s Forbidden Wilderness (2001), Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed (2008), and most recently An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar (2014), and a children’s book entitled A Boy and a Jaguar (2014).

Dr. Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to surveying the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats and securing homes, on a large scale, for some of the world’s most endangered mammals. His focus on cats is based on conserving top predators, which affect entire ecosystems. By saving cats, the impacts are far reaching and conserve vast landscapes upon which many species depend, including humans. One of Dr. Rabinowitz's greatest achievements was the conceptualization and implementation of the Jaguar Corridor - a series of biological and genetic corridors for jaguars across their entire range from Mexico to Argentina. Dr. Rabinowitz also initiated Panthera's Tiger Corridor Initiative, an effort to identify and protect the world's last remaining large interconnected tiger landscapes, with a primary focus on the remote and rugged Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.

Watch Dr. Rabinowitz's interview with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report to learn how he became interested in wildlife conservation.


Selected Videos and Podcasts Featuring Dr. Rabinowitz

The Weather Channel Film: A Boy’s Promise
BBC's Tiger Island Trailer Canon Short Film: Man and Beast
CBS "60 Minutes" In Search of the Jaguar Extra: Survival Tips From The Pantanal
Extra: The Manhattan Project for Big Cats PopTech Presentation: Saving Big Cats
PopTech Environmental Q&A Session Panthera: Tracking Tigers with Dr. Alan Rabinowitz
The Moth: Man and Beast
Speaking of Faith: The Last "Pure" Pygmy and His Gift

Speaking of Faith: A Voice for the Animals

Speaking of Faith: A Pictorial Corridor of Big Cats and Rabinowitz
About Panthera TIME Magazine: A Conservation Conversation
PRI's The World: Finding the Jaguar Path NPR: Arizona's Jaguar Symbolizes Hope, Controversy
"Lost Land Of The Tiger" Trailer Episode 1: Wildlife Treasures
Episode 1: Intact System Episode 1: Fragmented isolation

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Selected Books by Dr. Rabinowitz

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Selected Popular Articles and Blog Posts by Dr. Rabinowitz

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Selected Scientific Publications by Dr. Rabinowitz

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Selected Technical Manuals by Dr. Rabinowitz

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