Replicating Furs for Life, our program to replace real leopard furs for ceremonies with synthetic furs in South Africa, as the Saving Spots program in Zambia
Building park infrastructure and employing residents in Luengue-Luiana National Park in Angola, helping the area and its wildlife recover from decades of civil war
Working with prosecutors and judiciary members in Malaysia to promote stronger judicial actions against poachers and traffickers
Promoting co-existence with snow leopards in northern India
Supporting indigenous groups in Nicaragua as they patrol protected areas and expel illegal livestock grazers
Tracking puma and bobcat movement in thePacific Northwest of the United States
Studying and reporting the impact of the Amazon wildfires on wild cats and a key catscape (a region thought to have eight species of wild cats) in Bolivia
Researching and countering wildlife tracking in key hotspots in South America, Southern Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia
Working with local and indigenous communities to protect cats around the globe
Urging the World Health Organization to condemn utilizing animal parts in their recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Panthera’s mission is to ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they depend. Our vision is a world where wild cats thrive in healthy, natural and developed landscapes that sustain people and biodiversity.
The Foundation for a New Conservation
by Fred Launay, Ph.D., CEO
In the midst of a global pandemic, 2019 and its accomplishments feels decades away. Panthera’s 2019 Annual Report is a summary of our accomplishments, discoveries and obstacles- all of which happened before COVID-19 changed the world as we know it. Despite this, it’s important to reflect on the past year because in 2019 we laid the foundation that will maintain our critical impact even in a post-pandemic world.
We themed our 2019 Annual Report around “Cores and Corridors.” Wild cat cores, which are often in protected areas, have enough breeding cats so that the population can be sustained long term. Corridors are the areas between cores, which cats use to travel in their search for prey, mates and territory. Throughout the Annual Report, we feature stories exemplifying our work in both Cores and Corridors.
Big cats have been considered gods in the past, have been labelled pests for several centuries and are now being recognized as conservation icons. They represent the last of our wildness and wilderness and it is our duty to preserve them for generations to come.
2019 Scientific Publications
The foundation of Panthera is scientific excellence: our hard work protecting cats in the field would not be possible without rigorous science to guide and evaluate it. The knowledge produced in 2019, represented by an impressive 30+ publications in scientific journals covering cat populations across the globe, will have far-reaching implications for the work of Panthera and all wildlife conservation groups.