This elusive feline, which earned its name from its flattened forehead is considered Southeast Asia’s most threatened small felid. In partnership with local NGOs, Panthera is currently conducting flat-headed cat surveys in Borneo to understand their population numbers and how they are responding to threats like logging, poaching, and agricultural development.
In a controversial decision questioned by wildlife scientists, the World Health Organization is set to formally recognize Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the first time this week. Panthera, the Environmental Investigation Agency and Wildlife Conservation Trust have joined together to urge WHO to condemn the use of wild animal parts, including from captive bred specimens, in TCM.
Wild cats in particular are threatenedby poaching driven by an insatiable demand from the Traditional Chinese Medicine industry. As the recent United Nations global biodiversity report established, many other species are at risk of losing their place on our planet forever due to this threat.
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.