Cat Advisory Council

The Panthera Cat Advisory Council harnesses the thinking, experience, and charisma of some of the best minds in the field of cat conservation today in order to help steer Panthera’s scientific initiatives.

The Advisory Council is chaired by Dr. George Schaller, Vice President of Panthera, with Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Panthera President and CEO, and Dr. Luke Hunter, Vice-President of Panthera, as Co-Chairs. Throughout the year, individuals from the council are asked to evaluate proposals and assess the most urgent priorities for cat conservation. Each year a meeting of the advisors is held to review and critique Panthera’s progress, brainstorm new ideas, and develop initiatives for the coming year. The council is a yearly appointment and each year, new members will be nominated.

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...

Urs and Christine both received their PhD in Zoology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Urs started to work on the re-introduced populations of Eurasian lynx already for his MSc, while...

Craig Packer was born in Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1972. While still at Stanford, Dr. Packer went to Tanzania to study baboons with Jane Goodall at...

Dale Miquelle has been leading research and conservation efforts on the Amur tiger and Far Eastern leopard since 1992. Working first for the Hornocker Wildlife Institute, and then as Director of...

David Macdonald is Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University. Professor Macdonald conceived, and implemented, the appeal which led to the foundation in 1986 of the...

Vice President

Known as one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation, Dr. George Schaller now serves as the Vice President of Panthera. Born in Germany in 1933, Dr. Schaller received his undergraduate...

Gus Mills spent 34 years conducting research on African large carnivores with SANParks stationed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the Kruger National Park. His initial work was on brown...

Howard Quigley is the Director of Western Hemisphere Programs at Panthera, focusing on jaguars and cougars. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his...

As a conservation biologist and head of the Conservation Ecology Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Dr. Seidensticker's research efforts have focused on understanding and...

Laurence Frank has a BA from Reed College, an MSc. from the University of Aberdeen, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a research associate at Berkeley since...

As Founder and Director for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) since 1990, Laurie Marker pioneered new ideas in cheetah conservation, and has formed cooperative alliances on behalf of the cheetah...

President

Dr. Luke Hunter serves as Panthera’s President where he oversees the direction and strategy of all of the organization’s global wild cat conservation programs. Before joining Panthera, Dr. Hunter...

Maurice Hornocker is best known for his research on the world’s big cats. In his 40-year career, he and his colleagues have conducted pioneering research in North America on cougar, lynx, bobcat,...

Mel Sunquist is a Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida. He is best known for his pioneering studies of tigers and leopards in Nepal,...

Rafael Hoogesteijn was born in Caracas, and studied in the Colegio La Salle La Colina and in 1978 he received his degree as Médico Veterinario at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. Whilst at...

Executive Director, Snow Leopard Program

Dr. Tom McCarthy, Panthera’s Director of Snow Leopard Programs, began his conservation career studying brown bears, black bears, mountain goats and caribou in Alaska in the early 1980s. A strong...

Urs and Christine both received their PhD in Zoology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Urs started to work on the re-introduced populations of Eurasian lynx already for his MSc, while...