Research Techniques

Panthera scientists examining the habitat

Panthera’s long term commitment to range-wide species conservation through measuring, mitigating, and monitoring critical threats to wild cats is a unique model of conservation.

Staff from AMNH's Global Felid Genetics Program process scat collected by Panthera's field researchersCritical threats require new thinking and new tools. Just as some of Panthera’s staff were the first to adapt the use of automated cameras to produce the first reliable population estimates of certain large cat species, we are now working on other innovative techniques to further our goals.

Panthera’s unique partnership with the American Museum of Natural History on sophisticated genetic fingerprinting tools provides technical assistance to students and scientists from other programs at the state of the art laboratory facilities and performs genetic analysis for conservation research projects free of charge. These genetic fingerprinting tools are the basis of a developing protocol for scat detection dogs to collect feces: a non invasive way to estimate wild cat populations. All methodology Panthera develops is provided for the entire cat conservation community’s benefit.

Claudia Wultsch and her dog, Bruiser, help Panthera sniff out cat scat

Global Felid Genetics Program

Panthera is partnering with the American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Center for Conservation Genetics (CCG) to create the Global Felid Genetics Program.

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Technical Manuals

Wildlife Field Research and Conservation Training ManualPanthera takes great pride in the publication record of our staff. We believe that conducting research and implementing conservation strategies is only part of the modern conservationist’s role. The results of research and conservation efforts must be published for others to use, improve upon and help drive conservation outcomes on the ground. Our library includes books, technical manuals and articles written by Panthera staff, as well articles from the popular press about our work.

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