Lions have undergone a catastrophic decline and are on the brink of extinction in all but the largest and best managed national parks. Panthera is working to protect this magnificent species with Project Leonardo. The first conservation plan that encompasses the lion’s entire African range, Project Leonardo aims to protect these big cats in key lion conservation landscapes across the continent.
Jaguars Under Threat From Palm Oil
“Palm oil expansion doesn’t have to be at the expense of native forests. New palm oil frontiers should occur in degraded ecosystems, without the requirement of new infrastructure. Road creation and upgrading is a catalyst for both habitat loss and overhunting, two major drivers of mammal extinction,” explains Dr. Esteban Payán, Panthera’s South America Jaguar Program.
A new paper published last month in Frontiers in Forest and Global Change, outlines potential threats of expanding plantations in Latin America and makes suggestions for reducing those impacts on jaguars and other wildlife.
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.