September 2012 Newsletter

Turning the Tide for Tigers

A New York Times Dot Earth “Postcard” from Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, CEO of Panthera

A local, dominant male tiger resting in a pond in India’s Kaziranga National Park.

I recently flew to Bangkok to join many of the world’s leading tiger experts, law enforcement specialists and some of my closest peers to assess the state of tigers and map out the conservation actions required to ensure the long term survival of the species.

Two years ago, I elected not to attend the International Forum for Tiger Conservation in St. Petersburg, an event at which grand promises, including a ‘new’ $330 million dollar pledge for tiger conservation, were made by international NGOs, governments, political leaders, celebrities and others (much of which had already been designated for conservation in tiger range states). Today, tiger populations are still hemorrhaging.

Inhabiting less than 7% of its historic range, the tiger has experienced the greatest range collapse of any large cat and is now one of the most endangered large mammals on earth. Numbering in the tens of thousands at the beginning of the 20th century, the most optimistic, current estimates of the world’s wild tiger population hovers below 3,200 individuals. Along with habitat loss and overhunting of tiger prey by humans, the most catastrophic tiger losses are caused by rampant poaching to feed the insatiable demand for tiger skins and other body parts that are sold on the illegal wildlife market throughout Southeast Asia.

To stop the bleeding, I, in collaboration with one of Panthera’s founding Board members, J. Michael Cline, and a group of the world’s foremost experts on tigers from the Wildlife Conservation Society launched the Tigers Forever program in 2006 to increase tiger numbers at key sites by 50% over ten years. Today, this program is driven by Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund in collaboration with a growing number of partner organizations. To achieve and evaluate our progress toward our ultimate goal, Panthera hosts a Tigers Forever conference each year, convening a suite of conservation partners from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International, Zoological Society of London, Aaranyak, Nature Conservation Foundation, Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society and other organizations to pour over the most recent findings on tiger populations, share conservation strategies, milestones and challenges and strategically prioritize what is needed on the ground, now, to save tigers.

Local villagers supported by Panthera and the Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society work in cooperation with the Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department to remove wire snares in Kawal Tiger Reserve, India.

Focusing heavily on law enforcement, measurement and monitoring, this year’s 6th Tigers Forever meeting has produced tremendous results from open, harsh and insightful discussions about our successes and failures. In Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, where I conducted the first field research on Indochinese tigers and other big cats in the 1990s, our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society have found that building stronger, local informant networks and ramping up frontline enforcement patrols in vulnerable areas has significantly increased early detection and arrests for tiger poaching. These efforts are helping to grow local tiger numbers and will ultimately allow tigers to expand into the wider landscape.

We’re also seeing encouraging results in other Tigers Forever project sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.

In our constant search for improvement, the Tigers Forever team is assessing the impact of patrol leadership on efficacy, examining the success of foot versus motorized patrols, and outlining crucial logistics for anti-poaching activities, such as cooperative poaching raids made with multiple NGOs and government agencies to ensure jurisdiction coverage, apprehensions and convictions. These efforts must continue across Tigers Forever sites if we are to keep ahead of the threats and ensure a future for tigers in the wild.

In Northeast India’s Namdapha Tiger Reserve, long considered an ‘empty forest’ due to widespread poaching, Tigers Forever camera trap surveys carried out with Aaranyak and regional partners have also revealed the first ever photos of a tiger, left, along with new-record photos of over 30 mammal species. Panthera's local partner in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society, has worked with their Government partners to establish tiger reserve status for Kawaal Wildlife Sanctuary. In India’s Western Ghats, Panthera is working with Karnataka state officials and the Nature Conservation Foundation to reduce habitat fragmentation of tiger reserves and institute enhanced social security and welfare measures for forest guards.

This year, thousands of Panthera’s high-tech digital camera traps, now in the 4th generation, are being manufactured and deployed to Tigers Forever project sites across Asia to help identify, monitor and measure trends in the world’s remaining tiger populations.

Of all the big cats, we are undoubtedly in full crisis-mode when it comes to saving tigers. But hope remains for the species because of programs like Tigers Forever, which are constantly and vigorously improving conservation actions by maintaining transparency, supporting effective partnerships, using the best possible science and investing in the best people. Together we are determined to ensure that tigers thrive now, and long into the future.

To help tigers in the wild, please donate to
the Panthera-Save the Tiger Fund’s Tigers Forever Program.

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Read a personal appeal from Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to help turn the tide for tigers.

View Panthera’s Tiger Infographic.

Panthera’s Conservation Council Member, Jane Alexander, Honored with Indianapolis Prize’s First Global Wildlife Ambassador Award

Later this month, Panthera’s Conservation Council member and renowned actress, Jane Alexander, will receive the Indianapolis Prize’s inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award – a newly created honor that recognizes individuals who support conservation of the environment by leading others to action, and who lend a credible, consistent, and effective public voice for the sustainability of wildlife.

Created by the Executive Committee of the prestigious and highly coveted Indianapolis Prize, this award was named for Ms. Alexander in recognition of her decades of commitment as a voice and champion for the world’s wildlife and wild places, including her steadfast support of Panthera and the conservation of wild cats. This award also honors individuals who have lent their voices to conservation, but whose work is focused outside the conservation field. Ms. Alexander will be presented with the award on September 29th at the Indianapolis Prize Gala, co-hosted by conservationist and television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton and actor Josh Duhamel.

As a member of Panthera's Conservation Council, Ms. Alexander serves on an expert advisory board providing actionable guidance on fundamental topics relevant to the development and success of Panthera. The Conservation Council’s responsibilities include increasing Panthera’s influence on public policy and access to decision-makers around the world, assessing programmatic activities, increasing Panthera’s exposure in the media and with the public, expanding the base of Panthera’s funding sources and fostering a diverse network of partners that can help achieve Panthera’s mission.

Active in wildlife conservation for decades, Ms Alexander has served as a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and as a founding board member of the American Bird Conservancy. She currently serves as a Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Taconic Region, and on the board of the American Birding Association, the Women’s Conservation Council of the Audubon Society, and the Stewardship Council of BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society. Recently, Ms. Alexander chaired the National Audubon Society’s “Raise Your Voice for Arctic Birds” campaign to urge a halt of oil drilling in the Arctic and protect the region’s pristine wildlife and landscapes.

In her stellar acting career, Ms. Alexander has received Tony and Emmy Awards, along with multiple Academy Award nominations. Of her many roles, she has been honored for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Great White Hope, and films including All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Eleanor and Franklin, Testament, Playing for Time, Malice in Wonderland, and Warm Springs, among others. She also served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1993 to 1997.

Ms. Alexander previously served as Honorary Chair of the 2012 Indianapolis Prize and hosted the Indianapolis Prize Gala in 2006 and 2008, the year in which Panthera’s Vice President, Dr. George Schaller, received the Prize. Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, was also nominated for the 2010 and 2012 Indianapolis Prizes.

Panthera extends the most heart-felt congratulations to Jane for this well-deserved honor and meaningful recognition of her decades of being a hero and champion for wildlife around the world.

Read the Indianapolis Prize press release.

More on the Indianapolis Prize
The Indianapolis Prize was initiated by the Indianapolis Zoo as a significant component of its mission to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. This biennial award brings the world’s attention to the cause of animal conservation and the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth’s endangered animal species. The Indianapolis Prize has received support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation since its inception in 2006. Visit the Indianapolis Prize website.

Caracal Fishing in the Yemen

The country of Yemen is often associated with the revolutionary waves of protests, demonstrations and government reforms of the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ (it was also recently featured beautifully on the big screen in ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’). Situated in the Southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula, the Republic of Yemen is far less known for its biodiversity, which includes the striking ‘Arabian Caracal.’ Recognized for the long, black tufts of hair protruding from its ears, the caracal currently persists in pockets of the Middle East and southwest Asia, and is present across much of Africa.

Yemen is the poorest and one of the least stable countries in the Middle East, and while few resources for wildlife conservation exist in the country, efforts are still undertaken. It’s no surprise given this situation that there has been a documented sharp and recent decline in the nation’s caracal populations, and those in the neighboring states of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In Yemen, the caracal is widely persecuted in retribution for loss of livestock, often without evidence of the culprit. Rampant poverty in a nation surrounded by wealthy neighbors, where collecting wildlife is highly fashionable, also spurs trapping and hunting of the caracal for the illegal wildlife trade. It’s not uncommon to spot dead caracals displayed from ‘hanging trees’ or live caracals offered for sale in Yemen’s major city markets, such as Sana’a, Taiz, Hodeidah, and Aden.

Despite these blistering barriers to conservation, Panthera’s Small Cat Action Fund is supporting the first-ever caracal research study in Yemen carried out by the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen (FPALY). Led by FPALY Executive Director and Adviser to the Yemen Minister of Water and Environment, David Stanton, the project has been active in two key biodiversity regions of northwest Yemen - the Jebel Milhan Protected Area (Mahwit) and the Wada’a Protected Area (Amran).

Yemen Caracal Range & Project Sites

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Utilizing digital camera traps, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, field surveys and interviews with local residents, researchers are gathering data about the population size and range of the caracal, gauging local attitudes towards the species, assessing the impact of human threats on caracal populations and the species impact on local economies, and mitigating these threats in partnership with local communities.

In order to maintain credibility and effectively work with local communities to mitigate threats facing the caracal, the study’s principal investigators were strategically recruited from the tribal areas in which the project is based. This has allowed project researchers, including Bilal Al Wada’ai and Nasser Ahmed Aswot, to gather reliable information about hunting practices and local attitudes towards caracals, serve as community spokesmen to influence behavior and attitudes impacting caracal populations and recruit allies to protect this wild cat. FPALY’s reputation in-country and continued work in the Jebel Milhan community has also provided buy-in from community leaders and local residents that is helping to grow the next generation of Yemeni conservationists and to help instill a culture of wildlife conservation in Yemen. As a result of this work, Jebel Milhan was declared a Protected Area by the Yemeni Council of Ministers in November, 2011.

Since the onset of the project, nearly 200 images of caracals from five locations in the Jebel Milhan Protected Area (Mahwit) have been collected using digital camera traps (see images below). Researchers have also identified a previously unknown threat facing the caracal – local villagers’ opportunistic and over-hunting of caracal prey species, such as the rock hyrax, cape hare and Arabian partridge, which scientists suspect may be forcing caracals to feed on local livestock, increasing human-caracal conflicts.

These data are helping to inform FPALY’s scientists about the state of Yemen’s caracal populations and will be used to shape national conservation policies in these regions, raise awareness and galvanize support for caracal conservation within local communities and effectively mitigate the key threats facing the Arabian caracal in Yemen.

Unfortunately, as a result of residual turmoil from the 2011 Yemeni revolution, including closures of major roads and frequent thefts in a region deficient of police, prosecutors and courts, project activities in the Wada’a Protected Area have been put on hold. However, in addition to the work being carried out in the Jebel Milhan region, the study has been expanded and partially shifted to more stable areas of the country that are equally important for the conservation of the caracal, including the Al-Mahjar Forest and Shalal Gabilan in Ibb Governorate.

Learn more about the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen.

Read more about the caracal in Carnivores of the World: A Field Guide by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter.

Learn more about the Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF) – a grants program established by Panthera with the oversight of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group that supports conservation projects on wild felids weighing less than 25 kilograms.

Donate to the SCAF to support efforts like these.

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Map of Caracal Global Range

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Huffington Post Op-Ed by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter: Captive Lion Reintroduction, a 'Conservation Myth'

Business is good for the "lion encounter" industry. There are now dozens of these operations across Africa that sell close encounters with captive lions. Starting at $60 for "a precious twenty minutes" of cub cuddling, and climbing to more than $3,500 for a month of paid "volunteering," anyone can pay to play with young lions and pose for photos to show the folks back home.

But while cuddling cubs is hard to resist, does it buy any actual conservation? Visitors are promised that, by handing over their cash to cozy up to tame lions, they are helping to save the species in the wild. However, in a recent report written by myself and leading lion scientists working across Africa, we explain that none of these lions are ever set free. They are too tame. If they were to wander into a village or farm looking for a belly rub or a feed, the surprised locals would reach for their rifles or spears.

Even assuming there is someplace sufficiently wild and people-free, captive-raised lions are not very well-suited for survival. Surviving as a wild lion is infinitely more complex than the instinctive know-how of pulling down a wildebeest. As they mature under the tutelage of older pride members, lion cubs learn a complex array of behaviors -- not only the refinements of killing, but also species-specific tactics for finding and hunting different prey, coordinating with other pride members, avoiding humans, protecting cubs from potential predators and so on. None of these can be adequately taught by human surrogates, nor can they be learned in the ecologically simplified setting of an enclosure, even the very large "semi-wild" pens boasted by some operators. If enough captive lions are released into the wild, I am sure a few will make it, but many will not.

A tourist is attacked at a lion encounter operation in Zimbabwe. She made a full recovery.

More importantly, despite the extravagant claims of the encounter industry, there simply is no need to even consider captives for reintroduction projects. As outlined in the paper, there are now more than 450 reintroduced lions and their offspring in more than 40 newly established reserves across southern Africa -- the crucial difference being that all of them are wild-born and bred. For over 20 years, biologists and wildlife managers have successfully translocated wild lions from marginal areas into landscapes where people had wiped them out. The process works because wild lions captured in one place are already well-equipped to survive as wild lions in another place. Any sincere effort to restore lion numbers would draw on wild populations, rather than waste years and millions of dollars breeding lions in cages, a process that to date has not resulted in a single release. But, of course, using wild lions to re-establish the species rules out charging gullible visitors for an up-close experience; so, cue the tame cubs for petting.

The bottom line is, the lion encounter industry does nothing to conserve wild lions. The same tourists who spend hundreds of dollars walking with tame lions behind fences (and $90 for the DVD!) could instead visit Africa's outstanding national parks and game reserves where the entry price and lodge fees help cover the costs of protecting those areas. For my money, I'd stick with the real thing: no matter what the glossy brochures and gushy advertising claim, it won't ever involve tame lions.

Download the paper 'Walking with lions: Why there is no role for captive-origin lions (Panthera leo) in species restoration'

Read Panthera's Press Release - 'New Report Finds Captive Lion Reintroduction Programs in Africa Operate Under 'Conservation Myth''

Read a Q&A with Panthera's President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on 'Walking with Lions'

Read Panthera's Project Leonardo Brochure for more information.

Download Panthera's Lion Report Card.

Walking with Lions Photo Gallery

A View from Above: The Corridor and The Future of the Jaguar

‘Boots on the ground’ is a term commonly used to describe Panthera’s jaguar scientists. Representing the first, and arguably the last, line of defense for the jaguar, these researchers carry out intense and physically challenging fieldwork to protect jaguar populations across Latin America. This conservation work often involves trudging through thick jungle on foot, in trucks and by boat to set camera traps and monitor jaguar populations, assess and mitigate threats facing jaguars and partner with local communities. Interestingly, one of the greatest resources shaping this groundwork is aerial surveys carried out within Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative – a program working to connect and protect jaguar populations from Mexico to Argentina to ensure the species’ genetic diversity and future survival.

Offering a unique perspective of the jaguar’s range, and a level of detail unmatched by satellite imagery, aerial surveys allow Panthera’s scientists to truly view connectivity of the Jaguar Corridor, identify encroachments on the jaguar’s range and pinpoint habitat in which to focus Panthera’s future conservation efforts. One of the main threats targeted through these flights is habitat loss and fragmentation caused by increasing human populations and developments. To identify the current state of the Jaguar Corridor, Panthera’s scientists conducted 17 aerial surveys across Central America earlier this year with the help of LightHawk - a volunteer-based environmental aviation group that donates flights to help organizations fulfill their conservation missions.

Two surveys of the Central Belize Corridor were made to identify new sources of habitat degradation, observe the recovery of jaguar range following the devastating fires of 2011 and assess the overall state of the Corridor. The flight also included the newly-appointed Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Lisel Alamilla. This allowed Panthera’s scientists to visually demonstrate how the Central Belize Corridor connects jaguars throughout the country and between Belize, Mexico and Guatemala, and even point out illegal logging activities. Thanks to this survey, the Minister has offered her full cooperation in pursuing violations within the CBC, such as prosecuting those responsible for the construction of an illegal trench built through a protected area in the Central Belize Corridor.

As established through the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, Panthera is also working closely with the government of Honduras to shape the development of land in and around the Jaguar Corridor that benefits both the country’s economic growth and the connectivity of the Corridor. Joined by a number of government and NGO representatives, Panthera’s scientists recently conducted aerial surveys over 13 natural reserves in Honduras, which serve as ‘stepping stones’ connecting the country’s jaguars. The surveys revealed extensive conversion of jaguar habitat for African oil palm and coffee plantations, and illegal logging activities, even inside the reserves. However, since consulting with government representatives, one illegal settlement in Honduras’ Jeanette Kawas National Park has been shut down. Local communities and local violators are recognizing the potential of aerial surveys to uncover otherwise unidentifiable illegal activities, and allow improved enforcement of forest protection laws.

Oil palm plantations in Honduras’ Jeanette Kawas National Park.

Moving south, recent wildfires brought on by atypically dry forests have scorched large swaths of jaguar habitat in Santa Rosa National Park, one of Costa Rica’s prime Jaguar Conservation Units. Flights were conducted over Santa Rosa to observe the condition of areas burned in previous years, identify new habitat burned in 2012 and assess the magnitude of this fire damage to jaguar habitat. These data are currently being analyzed and will be used by the System of National Conservation Areas (SINAC) to develop prevention strategies for the spread of wildfires. With the collaboration of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), further surveys were also made in several of Costa Rica’s remaining jaguar strongholds, including San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor and Maquenque Mixed Wildlife Refuge, to classify the types of land use dominating the regions, threats they pose to jaguars and their prey populations and connectivity between the areas.

This year, Panthera is also exploring jaguar habitat within Guatemala and Nicaragua where less is known about the vitality of jaguar populations and the connectivity of protected areas. During several aerial surveys, Panthera’s scientists were pleased to see that much of Southeastern Guatemala seems to contain some important forest patches and corridor potential, but only ground-truthing can confirm the level of connectivity and dispersal potential for jaguars. However, the surveys also indicated that Guatemala’s connectivity with protected areas in Honduras may only be feasible through the ecologically-rich forests of Sierra Caral. As found in the other surveys, widespread slash and burn agricultural techniques were identified in Guatemala, along with extensive land conversion for African oil palm and banana plantations. These flights also corroborated data gathered through on-the-ground research in Nicaragua’s Jaguar Corridor, revealing extensive habitat degradation in regions thought to maintain some of the country’s last jaguar strongholds.

Taken together, these data will provide a framework to help shape and prioritize Panthera’s jaguar conservation initiatives throughout the Meso-american Jaguar Corridor. Panthera will continue to share survey results with key government decision makers and NGOs to prevent and halt illegal logging operations, extend government-supported forest protection patrols to areas in need, and strategically shape human development, while also assuring a vibrant and sustainable Jaguar Corridor.

Panthera is indebted to LightHawk for the generous aerial surveys donated to help ensure a future for the jaguar. Learn more about LightHawk.

LightHawk Photo Gallery

Press Release: Tiger Task Force Instills Renewed Hope for the Future of the Tiger

New York, NY – The strategic formation of Panthera’s new Tigers Forever ‘Task Force’ composed of some of the world’s most preeminent, international tiger scientists, has instilled new hope for this endangered big cat. Coupled with the Panthera-Save the Tiger Fund (STF) strategy for saving tigers (Tigers Forever), this growing team of specialists comprises leading experts in technology, law enforcement, human-tiger conflict mitigation, biological monitoring, environmental policy, and tiger ecology, who have been assembled to aim a blow torch on the tigers greatest threats.

Never has this team been needed more so than now. Numbering in the tens of thousands at the beginning of the 20th century, current estimates place the world’s wild tiger population as hovering below 3,200 individuals. Inhabiting less than 7% of its historic range, the tiger has experienced the greatest range collapse of any large cat and is now one of the most endangered large mammals on the planet.

The greatest threats to tigers are habitat loss, overhunting of tiger prey by humans, and direct poaching of tigers for their skins and body parts that are sold on illegal wildlife markets throughout Southeast Asia. Despite their precarious future, Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, said, “We know how to save tigers; we know that poaching must be stopped, core populations have to be protected, populations must be monitored and the human effort to save them needs to be evaluated constantly. Our Tiger Task Force has been put in place to help conservation efforts and protect the last remaining wild tigers.”

Panthera has recently hired renowned tiger scientist and conservationist, Dr. John Goodrich as the Senior Tiger Program Director to help steer the Task Force, who will provide technical expertise to field sites across Asia. Goodrich joins Panthera’s ranks with 25 years of experience on applied research on carnivore biology and conservation specifically on the Amur, or Siberian, tiger, monitoring populations and threats, managing human-carnivore conflict and carnivore capture/anesthesia. He has spent significant time training young conservationists, and has authored/co-authored over 80 scientific and 40 popular articles on tigers, Amur leopards, Asiatic black bears, brown bears, and Eurasian lynx. “He is one of the world's leading and most accomplished tiger biologists and a terrific asset to our team,” continued Rabinowitz.

In addition to providing technical expertise in protecting and monitoring tiger populations, Panthera will provide grants, through the STF-Panthera collaboration, to support conservation efforts by local and international partners to carry out the Tigers Forever strategy. Panthera’s Tiger Task Force will be visiting existing and future Tigers Forever sites, providing assistance, and ensuring that partners are carrying out the needed activities to achieve their shared and larger goal of securing a future for tigers.

Panthera’s Tiger Program Director, Dr. Joe Smith, with an anti-poaching patrol in Sumatra, Indonesia.

In 2006, Dr. Rabinowitz, in collaboration with Panthera’s Board member, J. Michael Cline, and a group of the world’s foremost experts on tigers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, including Goodrich, launched the Tigers Forever program to increase tiger numbers at key sites by 50% over ten years.

This announcement of Panthera’s Tiger Task Force comes at the heels of the 6th annual Tigers Forever meeting held in Bangkok and attended by a suite of partners from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna & Flora International, Zoological Society of London, Aaranyak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Museum of Natural History and other organizations. This annual conference convenes groups who are utilizing the Tigers Forever strategy, or who wish to do so, to analyze the most recent findings on tiger populations, share conservation strategies, milestones and challenges and strategically prioritize what is needed on the ground, now, to save tigers.

View Panthera’s Tiger Infographic.

Help Panthera and The Rainforest Foundation Win $40,000 to Protect Rainforests and Save Jaguar Habitat – Voting Ends 11:59pm EST TONIGHT!

Panthera and The Rainforest Foundation have partnered up for the Chase Community Giving program, and we need your votes to win a $40,000 grant to protect rainforests and jaguar habitat!

Voting ends at 11:59pm EST tonight on September 19th and the 196 charities with the most votes will share a portion of $5 million in grants. Each person is given 2 votes on Facebook and each vote can only be used once per charity.

Just last week, in an outpouring of support, Panthera’s fans helped us jump over 400 votes! Let’s do it again – vote and share Panthera’s newsletter with your friends and family to help us get the few hundred votes needed to win a $40,000 grant! We are currently only a few hundred votes away from receiving funds to support critical jaguar work!

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