Check out Panthera's photo of the day taken at a Shembe festival in South Africa by Steve Winter Photography. Today, leopard skins are in increasing demand among members of South Africa’s Shembe Baptist Church, whose followers wear leopard furs during religious celebrations. To reduce the hunting of leopards and the high demand for real leopard skins among the Shembe community, Panthera's Leopard Program Coordinator, Tristan Dickerson, worked with digital designers and clothing companies in China to create a high-quality, affordable and realistic fake leopard skin. This fake leopard skin fabric is being produced in China and shipped to South Africa where the garments are manufactured into capes. Learn more about these capes and Panthera's Furs For Life Leopard Project.
Check out our photo of the day of a curious leopard cub in South Africa's Ithala Game Reserve, taken through Panthera's KwaZulu-Natal Leopard Monitoring Project carried out in collaboration with Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, iSimangaliso Park Authority and Wildlife ACT. Did you know you can volunteer for this project by joining the Wildlife ACT team, who are responsible for looking after our camera traps in the field? Learn more about volunteering at www.wildlifeact.com . Also learn how Panthera's work helped rewrite conservation policy to ensure the long-term future of leopards in this region through the Munyawana Leopard Project.
What's better - spots or stripes? Panthera's beautiful photo of the day features both - a cheetah, zebra and wildebeest on the African plains. Thanks to Panthera supporter, photographer and wildlife lover, Adam Rubin, for this and other stunning wildlife pics from Africa that help highlight Panthera's big cat conservation work throughout the continent. Learn more about Panthera's Project Leonardo
The chase is on! A male leopard hunts a warthog in South Africa's Makalali Game Reserve. Last year, Panthera launched a long-term leopard monitoring program in Limpopo province, where these photos were snapped, in partnership with the Limpopo Dept of Economic Development, Environment & Tourism & the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Coordinated by Panthera’s Leopard Program Director, Dr. Guy Balme, & lead by Panthera Kaplan Scholar, Ross Tyzack Pitman, the Limpopo Leopard Project strives to track leopard population trends in Limpopo province over the next decade to glean comprehensive data on the status of the species, its primary threats and how to mitigate and best protect the leopards of Limpopo. Learn more about this project @ http://bit.ly/1gylgs6
Check out this adorable lion cub pic just shared by Panthera's Lion Program Senior Director, Dr. Paul Funston, from the Zambezi region of Namibia! Today, the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is home to one of the largest lion populations in Africa. Given its significance for the future of the African lion, Panthera launched a lion conservation project in Zambezi this year with the Namibian Ministry of the Environment & the Kwando Carnivore Project. Read up on this cub's pride, consisting of two lionesses known by locals as ‘Thelma and Louise,’ other prides in the region and Panthera's work to protect them.
Check out and share this cool pic of a cougar catching a late night snack in Costa Rica's La Selva Biological Station. If you can make out what prey species is shown, share your answer below! Cougars have the largest geographic range of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile, and are known by many names, including mountain lion, puma, deer tiger, panther, catamount, and other terms. Learn more about cougars @ http://bit.ly/113bYHP & what Panthera is doing to protect the 'American Lion' in Wyoming @ http://bit.ly/hrKwWj