Panthera scientist Dr. Byron Weckworth brings us another installment in a riveting blog series about our expedition to find the elusive big cat of Myanmar's mountains: the snow leopard. Read about conversations with the people who live closest to their range--and the team's challenging treks along jungle slopes and deep snowy ridgelines to collect scat samples and place camera traps. And stay tuned for more stories and insights from their survey.
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Loss of a Conservation Hero
Panthera mourns the passing of David Shepherd, the renowned artist and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Our CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz said of his remarkable contributions: “He was a special breed of artist-advocate, who successfully translated his passion into action—fiercely committed to protecting the wildlife he so cherished from the very real threats they face.”
Panthera is the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s wild cats. Our team of leading biologists and law enforcement experts develop innovative strategies to address the dire threats facing cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers.
We are on the front lines, fighting to stop poaching, prevent conflict with people, conserve wild cat habitats, and reduce unsustainable legal hunting. These proven strategies don't just protect wild cats—they also protect their vast landscapes and the endless variety of life within them. These wild places are crucial to our planet’s health—and our own.