Panthera’s mission is to ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they depend.
What We Do
Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species and their ecosystems.
Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled large cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards.
Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats.
Panthera’s grants program, the Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF), additionally supports conservation and research initiatives on many of the 31 smaller wild cat species around the globe.
Panthera’s mission is to ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they depend. We envision a world where wild cats thrive in healthy natural and developed landscapes that sustain people and biodiversity.
A Word From Our Chairman
Alongside his wife, Daphne Recanati Kaplan, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan founded Panthera in 2006 and serves today as Chairman of the Board. Read what Dr. Kaplan has to say, in his own words, about Panthera's founding mission, the organization it has become, and what the future holds for big cats and Panthera.
Wild cat ranges cover nearly one-third of the Earth's terrestrial surface.
The presence of wild cats - our landscape guardians - indicate healthy, intact ecosystems that support all life, including people around the world.
Panthera's core programs focus on implementing conservation strategies for some of the world's most imperiled large cats - tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards. Our scientists also implement conservation and research initiatives on many of the 31 smaller wild cat species around the globe.
While Panthera’s efforts are focused on saving wild cats, the impacts go far beyond.
Narrated by Jeremy Irons, this video tells the story of the state of wild cats around the globe and the critical conservation work Panthera is carrying out to ensure their future.
Panthera's 2014 Annual Report
Read our Annual Report to learn about the state of the world's 38 wild cat species today and Panthera's innovative and critical conservation work, including new initiatives for leopards and cheetahs, the creation of Panthera's PoacherCams and our investment in law enforcement tools and techniques to fight the illegal wildlife trade. 2014 was also the year we launched our Global Alliance for Wild Cats - a groundbreaking coalition of philanthropists that are changing the trajectory of wild cat conservation.