The Most Incredible Camera Trap Leopard Photo Ever?
September 14, 2018
Dr. Guy Balme proclaimed this photo “the best leopard picture we’ve ever captured!” Our partner illustrates why this shot is so one-in-a-million and explains the background of this young leopard, who looks to be having a great day on the hunt.
Home with Snow Leopards
September 10, 2018
A researcher immerses herself in Himalayan villages, under the looming specter of neighboring snow leopards, to discover the truth. Snow leopard ecotourism is changing attitudes among the Ladakhi locals in northern India, who share the landscape with the powerful predators at the risk of losing their livestock.
Lions Have Manes; Leopards Have…Dewlaps?
September 4, 2018
What's the deal with dewlaps? The loose flaps of skin hanging underneath male leopards' necks help distinguish them from their female counterparts, but science still isn't quite decided on their true function. Here's what we know and what we hypothesize.
Field Hacks: Repurposing Everyday Items
August 27, 2018
We surveyed Panthera team members to find out some of their tried-and-true gear hacks, asking them to share the inventive ways they've repurposed everyday items in the field. From poop-scooping utensils to cattle-corralling soda bottles, their responses didn't disappoint!
Keep Puma Kittens Safe
August 16, 2018
Scores of puma kittens are orphaned annually, the leftovers of mothers killed outside the den—hunters not knowing they had dependent young. Newly published research from our Puma Program says delaying hunting seasons in the western USA until December 1 could save many young lives.
A Thrilling Sight for World Lion Day
August 10, 2018
On the eve of World Lion Day, I just returned from a 48-hour safari adventure during which I observed an even more promising sign for Sintika’s future survival and success: a budding friendship.
A Young Lion Helps Us Protect His Species
August 9, 2018
In April, Sintika, a lion we monitor, decided it was time to cast a wider net in his search for a territory. His satellite radio collar allowed us to follow his every move as he searched farther and farther from home, presenting us a prime opportunity to study the habitats through which lions disperse.
A Cat Clouded in Mystery
August 3, 2018
The first-ever International Clouded Leopard Day is August 4, 2018, created to raise global awareness for the enigmatic species. This is sorely needed: Much of the information about the clouded leopard’s conservation status and needs—as well as the threats they face—remains shrouded in mystery.
Consider this your Clouded Leopard 101 class.
How Red Foxes Benefit from Pumas
July 31, 2018
We found that puma kills were especially important to foxes during the winter months. In winter, foxes scavenged more kills, fed for longer, and more individuals fed on a given carcass at one time. What was even more interesting was that foxes were more likely to scavenge while the puma that had made the kill was still in the area. They were willing to risk it all for this valuable food source...
Searching for the Mountain Ghost
July 30, 2018
On our way back to the village, we bumped into a couple of locals who had seen a snow leopard just the previous day and even had photos on their phones! Slightly disappointed that we’d missed a sighting, but with a full week of fieldwork ahead of us, we began surveying a new village hoping for better results.
Kids Show Their Stripes for Tigers
July 27, 2018
9- and 11-year-old New York City boys raised hundreds of dollars for tiger conservation--because "tigers deserve better."
This Tigress Needs a Dating App
July 26, 2018
Born in a wildlife sanctuary in Southeast Asia in late 2011, 197F was safe from many of the threats often faced by tigers in the wild until she and her brother, 205M, came of age and set out to claim their own territories. 197F traveled farther than her brother, settling in another protected area where no other tiger is in sight. We hope our work enables potential mates to reach her.
Puma Conservation Begins with Puppets
July 26, 2018
The story of a schoolteacher's wildlife conservation project and all the puma-saving projects that sprang from it.
Cheetah Game of Thrones
July 17, 2018
The Pilanesberg sisters’ genetics are valuable to the project, but their family history sounds as if it should be straight out of Game of Thrones. Their three older brothers from a preceding litter formed a coalition after they gained independence from their mother. These three now-mature males were a force to be reckoned with. In order to have the highest reproductive success and best access...
Jaguars: Gods, Vermin, or Conservation Icons?
July 16, 2018
Through the ages, jaguars have been characters of cult, constantly represented in creation myths, and even demigods in the cosmogony of many Latin American lowland indigenous groups. Learn why--and how they're viewed today.
Two Days with a Snow Leopard
July 15, 2018
When I finally reached the summit, I could not find the strength to lift my camera. But there she was, the queen of the mountain in all her beauty. I silently thanked her for honoring me with her presence. I gathered the strength to lift my camera and capture her soul.
A Perfect Storm: How Multi-Jurisdictional Management Affects Pumas
June 25, 2018
Our newest research, just published in the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution, reveals what happened to pumas that crossed jurisdictional boundaries and felt the effects of multiple management strategies simultaneously. We found that a perfect storm of three overlapping management actions dating back to the mid-1990s have contributed, sometimes unintentionally, to the 48-percent...
A Leopard Fights for Her Life
June 18, 2018
Researchers have watched Tokoloshe the leopard grow up in South Africa’s Soutpansberg Mountains. But recently, we discovered she was carrying a snare around her abdomen--not an uncommon sight for her species in the region.
Nebraska's Pumas Need You
June 16, 2018
Fewer than 60 pumas make up Nebraska’s largest population of pumas, based in the Pine Ridge region. Despite this number, the state’s Game and Parks Commission has proposed a hunting quota that would allow the killing of 20 percent of the population’s adults and subadults—or up to eight cats, including four females. You can help block this decision.
Helping Cat Conservationists Find Their Way
June 14, 2018
While Niokolo-Koba could potentially harbor up to 200 lions, given its size and ecological characteristics, very few lions survive in the park today. This spring, Panthera presented a new set of maps created in Montana for Niokolo-Koba National Park in Senegal to Commandant Amar Fall, the park’s head conservator. The maps have given the park's rangers an advantage over poachers, allowing them...
A Jaguar Named Hope: Encountering Esperanza
June 8, 2018
I waited patiently as it got dark, camera in hand, the anticipation building with each passing moment. I briefly switched on my headlamp, shined my light in front of me where I suspected the cat would appear, fired a couple of test shots, then turned off the light and froze again. Finally, I saw a shadow moving slowly across the forest floor about 10 meters away from my tree. The creature...
Snow Leopards' Newest Allies: Tajik Women
May 17, 2018
Locals are the ones who must benefit from the use of natural resources. These women are making history in the Pamir Mountains. The more men and women who are involved from communities, the higher the awareness and motivation to conserve snow leopards and other wildlife.
A Leopard Navigates Motherhood
May 12, 2018
In addition to being a playmate, a mother leopard has to constantly be on the lookout, both for potential prey and for potential threats. It is truly a full time job, making sure her offpsring survive to adulthood and are equipped with the skills to be a successful leopard.
Out of the Shadows, a Mighty Hunter
May 3, 2018
Lions? I can’t tell you how many times I have seen them, what they were doing, or where it was. But I remember each leopard sighting in detail.
Snow Leopards, Wolves, and the Ecology of Fear on the Roof of the World
April 25, 2018
Although snow leopards spark the imagination as solitary sentinels of lofty, lonely mountains, the reality is that snow leopards—like all species—exist only within a rich tapestry of connections and relationships with their environment and the other species that inhabit it.
The Importance of Field Work in Saving Cats
April 20, 2018
Field work matters for studying and protecting big cats--and we have the science to prove it.
Tracking Cheetahs to Save Them
April 17, 2018
A conservation photographer follows a team of Panthera scientists as they trail a cheetah family to collar a female, who will help us monitor and protect the species.
Otters Gang Up on a Jaguar
April 17, 2018
A jaguar sits on a tree branch near a giant otter den--and regrets it.
A Cheetah Expert Tells All
April 10, 2018
A Panthera scientist reflects on the most fascinating characteristics of cheetahs: "They are truly charismatic, sleek, agile, and—of course—fast! But there is even more to admire. Cheetah mums use cunning and sheer, bold bravery to challenge much larger predators to defend their cubs..."
A Virus That Strikes Domestic Dogs--and Wild Cats
April 5, 2018
This is the first case of CDV detected in a wild leopard, but it was detected in tigers in the area first in 2003. So the Amur leopard case rang familiar for me, as I had dealt with a few tigers infected with the disease when I led the Siberian Tiger Project for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Russia from 1995-2010.
Giant Otters in the Water? Jaguars Think Twice.
April 3, 2018
The otter, realizing the two jaguar sisters were scared, was emboldened to protect one of his favorite tree trunks in this fish-productive water-stream. His group had their den nearby and used this trunk daily as a basking place and a nice feeding station.
Protecting Jaguars Means Protecting Forests
March 21, 2018
The largest contributor to jaguar habitat loss is deforestation, and our recent research showed just how much forest has been lost and where. Alarmingly, the corridors used by jaguars to connect populations are most affected.
The Tiger Behind a Winning Story
March 20, 2018
Earlier this month, Panthera ran a story competition for World Wildlife Day. My submission was chosen as a runner-up; the judges said it painted a picture in their minds of safari guests fawning over a tiger. It was inspired by an actual picture I took on a trip to India, where my group spotted a young tiger sauntering across the road, not a care in the world, with more than 30 jeeps of people...
How Often Can Big Cats Be Black?
March 15, 2018
Two of Panthera's top geneticists tackle a question from one of our big cat advocates about the frequency of black leopards and black jaguars in the wild.
How a Safari Company Helps Protect Leopards
March 14, 2018
Leopards’ legendary adaptability has fostered a belief that they are widespread both inside and outside of protected areas. As a result, the species has received little conservation attention—but loss of habitat and prey, coupled with high levels of illegal demand for skins, threaten the species’ existence. A safari company helps Panthera come up with comprehensive population data.
Saving Snow Leopards and Benefitting Locals in Ladakh, India
March 9, 2018
The homestay program has been instrumental in changing people's attitudes toward the snow leopard. People who killed snow leopards 15 years ago in retaliation for preying on their livestock are now attracting the cats close to their villages. Today, they consider the snow leopard a tourism asset, an animal worth more alive than dead.
"Vanishing Without Moving": A Snow Leopard Encounter
March 1, 2018
We were finally in position, and now all we had to do was spot F3. It sounded easy enough: finding a black-and-white cat in a snowless field of rocks and shrubs. It wasn’t.
"It Was Just the Lion and Me."
February 16, 2018
A Panthera partner photographer describes capturing a striking closeup of a lion's face in Zambia. "I was sharing an extremely intimate moment with a 400-pound predator. My heart was racing..."
What Are Black Panthers, Anyway?
February 16, 2018
Learn about what the word "panther" means, why some big cats are black, and why naming a Marvel superhero after them was a really good idea.
My Journey to Find Snow Leopards and Other Elusive Species
February 12, 2018
One of the rarest mammalian species in the world, the snow leopard, gave a researcher an idea that could potentially revolutionize the way we monitor endangered species: creating a genetic field kit to identify species, populations, and individuals from the genetic clues they leave behind.
The Last Leopards in Indochina: Unique Predators on the Brink of Extinction
February 9, 2018
A new study showed there is only one Indochinese leopard in eastern Cambodia per 100 square kilometers—one of the lowest densities ever reported in Asia. Alarmingly, the density declined 70% over five years, indicating extinction could be around the corner.
Eastern Pumas: The Real Story
February 7, 2018
We’ve received a lot of worried messages and comments on social media about the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife declaration that the “eastern puma” (or Puma concolor couguar) is extinct, and was therefore being removed from national endangered species protections. I think the wording of the federal ruling unintentionally—but unfortunately—influenced how the media covered the change in...
Understanding the Beef Between Jaguars and Cows
January 31, 2018
Throughout the Americas, the conservation of large carnivores like jaguars and pumas is strongly impeded by their attacks on and consumption of domestic animals and livestock. When livestock is predated, cattlemen and farmers retaliate by trying to kill or poison the culprit feline—and, in many instances, killing all the carnivores in the area...
How BBC Brought a Deadly (but Adorable) Cat to Millions of Screens
January 29, 2018
Footage of a black-footed cat named Gyra adeptly hunting a lark has been seen by more than 40 million people in just a couple of weeks. The scenes—from BBC’s new critically-acclaimed wildlife series Big Cats—show that Africa’s tiniest cat also has a kill rate of 60%, making it the deadliest on Earth. Dr. Alex Sliwa, one of the researchers who made the video possible, offers some more insights...
Caught in the Middle: The Subordinate Puma—and What It Means for Hunters
January 23, 2018
Some animals dominate over others, meaning they consistently win when competing for food, space, or other resources...In a new paper just published in PeerJ, we found that pumas are often losers—and subordinate to at least one other apex carnivore in 47.5% of their 22,735,268 square kilometer range across North and South America.
2017's Top Blog Posts
January 12, 2018
The top ten most popular blog posts of 2017 covered a wide array of wild cat topics and species. Did your favorite make the list?
Keeping My Promise to the "Tripod Lioness"
December 30, 2017
Today, I have even more reason to keep my promise. Recent camera trap images revealed that not only did this “tripod lioness” survive against tremendous odds—the snare had taken her rear left foot, leaving her with a noticeable limp and uncertain long-term support from her pride—but she has had a cub!
Why Panthera's School Is Working in the Pantanal
December 12, 2017
The northern Pantanal is home to one of the world’s highest densities of jaguars. If we want to keep jaguar populations healthy in this unique wetland, we need to invest in the local communities that live with the cats every day....With the free schooling offered to those who agree to coexist with jaguars, locals see benefits for keeping the cat around.
Do Pumas Compete with Human Hunters?
December 12, 2017
In our latest scientific paper, published in the scientific journal Wildlife Research, my colleagues—Jennifer Feltner, of Panthera’s Puma Program and the University of Montana, and Dr. Howard Quigley of Panthera—and I pulled together data from two study areas in the Rocky Mountains, USA. We were interested in how many bucks and bulls pumas killed—but more importantly, whether pumas sought them...
Citizen Science--Now on Mobile!
December 6, 2017
We know it can be frustrating for citizen scientists to see images that do not contain animals. The app allows users to help filter out the empties, speeding up species classification in our web browser platform and giving users the opportunity to home in on their favorite species.
A Cheetah's Incessant Search for His Coalition Partner
December 4, 2017
When I finally caught up with the radio-collared cheetah, I found him alone and searching, calling incessantly for his partner, whom I realized was likely killed while hunting along the national tar road that bisects Bwabwata National Park.
Neighborhood Watch: The Role of Male Pumas in Structuring Social Behaviors
November 28, 2017
Pumas sharing a neighborhood hunt the same herds, wander the same paths, allow their kittens to play on the same log fortresses, and socialize and share food with their neighbors far more than they do with pumas in adjacent neighborhoods. We don’t completely understand what happens to puma social organization when a territorial male is absent.
Panthera’s New CEO: Conservation Requires a Heart
November 20, 2017
"When this opportunity presented itself, I was really excited about it, and it was a no-brainer. It’s like coming back to my roots of species conservation, being able to use all my professional experience in the context I most care about."
Like Your Cat, Pumas Sleep in Weird Places
November 14, 2017
The next time you see your housecat sleeping in an empty box on the top shelf of your closet, maybe you can imagine a puma doing something similar: silent and hidden, napping under the boughs of a tree or the crags of a cliff, perched high above the world.
A Jaguar's Grisly Discovery Becomes Dinner
October 31, 2017
In Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest jaguars have plenty of natural prey, which they typically strike with a deadly bite to the back of the skull. But this jaguar had its sights set on an easier meal—a dead caiman, already partly eaten by piranhas. Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz describes witnessing this surprising event.
Kyrgyzstan Provides a Model for Protecting Snow Leopards
October 30, 2017
Kyrgyzstan is a country that walks the talk. Under the leadership of President Almazbek Atambaev, it spearheaded a historic process for the conservation of snow leopards including the convening of two internationally acclaimed forums in 2013 and in 2017. These forums brought together all 12 range states and resulted in agreement among the participants to commit to a series of efforts that will...
A Snow Leopard's Second Chance at Life
October 23, 2017
One night earlier this month, Muhammad Gafarov was awakened by the screams of 15 dying sheep and goats in his livestock corral in Budun, a remote village in Tajikistan’s Yazgulom Valley on the Afghanistan border. The farmer and his wife investigated the commotion in the darkness, grabbed a shovel, and slammed it on the head of the offending animal: a snow leopard. With the help of some...
An "Inquisition" of Adorable Cheetahs
October 17, 2017
As the cheetahs circled the vehicle, they took turns jumping up and placing their long, slender paws on the fender, giving us a good looking over, before coming back to the driver’s side to inspect my lower limbs once more.
Pumas: I'll Share My Meal If You Share Yours
October 11, 2017
Pumas—stealthy solo predators all muscle and grace—are known for going it alone, venerated by admirers of pioneers, adventurers, and entrepreneurs. But are these big cats as solitary as we once thought?
Are There Really More Tigers?
October 9, 2017
While some local populations are increasing—thanks to outstanding conservation efforts by India, Nepal, and Bhutan—our study argues that it is not possible to make reliable inferences about global trends in tiger populations. And tigers are not doing well in many other parts of their range, especially Southeast Asia.
Empowering Children Through Snow Leopard Conservation in Tajikistan
October 6, 2017
Aruke was my walking partner to and fro the small school in Alichur, where I was teaching at a weeklong nature camp for local children with the help of my mother, Tanya Rosen, and her team of biologists who specialize in ensuring the safety of snow leopards in the Central Asian region. What was supposed to be a group of 10 kids turned into 45, ranging from 4 to 15 years old.
Searching for the Last Asiatic Cheetah on a Golden Horse
October 4, 2017
As I later watch Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow gently stroke his beautiful golden steed and whisper soft somethings in his ear, I wonder whether the shared love of the Akhal-Teke horse, together with that of Turkmenistan’s environment and heritage, can become an opportunity to convince the president to take a key role in the conservation of the country’s golden...
Renewed Urgency to Preserve Jaguar Corridor in Mesoamerica
September 22, 2017
As lead author of a Panthera study published last week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, I can confirm that jaguars are using habitat along a 2000-kilometer stretch of habitat from Belize to Panama, indicating that habitat connectivity within Central America is still intact. While this is certainly an encouraging finding, there are areas of conservation concern that could spell trouble for...
McDonald’s Rival in the Animal Kingdom? Pumas.
September 21, 2017
We just published our latest research in the international science journal Biological Conservation, and it highlights the incredible diversity of wildlife that feed upon puma kills. In fact, the number of animal species that we recorded feeding at puma kills in Wyoming was higher than any other scavenger study to date from around the world. This means pumas are especially important to...
Sand Cat Kittens Spotted in the Wild for First Time
September 20, 2017
Then, it happened. Three pairs of eyes gleamed back at Alexander through the darkness about 4 kilometers from our campsite.
Slow Conservation and Slow Journalism Converge in the Pamirs of Central Asia
September 20, 2017
Journalist Paul Salopek chooses to slow down to grasp the complexities of the world and its people. Panthera slows down because that’s the nature of conservation if done right: It takes time to develop trust and build relationships.
Securing Snow Leopards in Changtang
September 18, 2017
How WCS and Panthera scientists trekked the Tibetan Plateau to track snow leopards, ultimately collecting some adorable footage of a family playing hide-and-seek.
The Snow Leopard’s Shift from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable”: Explained
September 14, 2017
Today, the snow leopard was delivered a piece of good news: The most respected international nature conservation body re-assessed it from the category of “Endangered” to “Vulnerable.” But many scientists are urging extreme caution, warning that these iconic symbols of Asia’s great mountain wilderness still face numerous threats. Panthera sat down with Dr. Tom McCarthy, Executive Director of...
How to Photograph a Snow Leopard
September 12, 2017
There had only been two moments in my photographic career when I knew that I had gotten a great picture—this was my third. I threw my arms up, danced around like a kid, and let out a lung-bursting scream in pure jubilation.
Video: Following the Fate of a Jaguar Family in Belize
September 11, 2017
As hurricane season rips through the U.S. again, I worry about what the elements will do across the Central American Caribbean range of jaguars. I’m reminded of the devastating effects of last year’s Hurricane Earl, which razed trees and trails housing jaguars in Belize’s Cockscomb Basin.
Tracking the Mysterious Cat of the Mountains
September 5, 2017
“They spoke of a mysterious cat of the mountains. But I never saw one,” an old Dahawndum hunter said, answering questions posed by colleagues and me after a 17-day trek through the jungles of Myanmar—part of our 45-day expedition to find snow leopards.
Costa Rica Pledges to Keep Jaguars Safe
August 31, 2017
Last month, cat-lovers in Costa Rica had something to celebrate on National Wild Cat Day: the government’s decision to renew its commitment to preserving jaguars and other wild cats.
“Moved to Tears”: Making of a Lion Film
August 25, 2017
Panthera sat down with Andrea Heydlauff, CMO of African Parks and the writer and director of “Why the Lion Calls,” a short film about a young Kenyan boy who wants to grow up to become a Lion Guardian. Produced by Panthera, Nick Hall Productions, and Lion Guardians (an NGO based in Kenya), the film was named a finalist this month in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival competition, widely...
Be a Wildlife Tourist--It Could Save Jaguars
August 24, 2017
In the first-ever study providing market values for a jaguar population, Panthera and partners found that annual revenues from jaguar-watching tour packages could bring in over $6 million more than the financial damages suffered by ranchers when the apex predator makes a meal out of cattle.
How to Save Jaguars at San Lucas
August 21, 2017
Right now in Colombia, Panthera’s single biggest conservation priority is ensuring that our partner, the Colombian government, designates San Lucas—a key region of jaguar territory—as a national park. Making this designation here will not only protect the incredible biodiversity of the region, but also provide clean water in a place where many of the waterways have already been highly degraded...
A Lone Lion Prepares to Leave Home
August 10, 2017
Soon, in a rite of passage, Sintika's mother and aunts will oust him from home. He’ll be tasked with surviving away from the adults he’s depended on, locating a suitable territory, and taking over his own pride—a sure-fire way to spread his genes and contribute to a healthy future for his species.
Surprises in the Serengeti
August 7, 2017
It turns out Nosikitok, the lioness sighted last month nursing a leopard cub, lived up to her name in a way we had not thought possible. In the language of the Maasai people, “Nosikitok” means “mother’s milk.”
A Rugged Adventure in Search of Snow Leopards
August 4, 2017
In late June, our team completed an incredible journey: the first ever snow leopard survey in Myanmar. In fact, it was the first survey of any type for the high elevation ranges of this northernmost point of the country.
Tiger Cubs Spark Hope in Nepal
July 28, 2017
I knew tigers were making an impressive comeback in Nepal’s Parsa Wildlife Reserve the past few years, but nothing could have prepared me for what showed up on our camera traps recently. I’m thrilled to share this amazing video—and its back story—with the Panthera community today, a day ahead of Global Tiger Day.
The Miracle of Muli
July 18, 2017
Last month, I was privileged to join a team of wildlife veterinarians and biologists to prepare for the release of a tiger who spent 20 months recovering from a wound inflicted when she was a cub. I was tasked with fitting her with a satellite GPS collar to track her movements.
How to Save the Bobcat—and Benefit Its Human Neighbors
July 14, 2017
The results of a study written by Panthera Puma Program Lead Scientist Mark Elbroch, Ph.D., in collaboration with the educational organization Wyoming Untrapped indicated that bobcats are worth more alive than dead.
An Incredible First for Lions and Leopards
July 13, 2017
This week, the first-ever photos of a wild lioness nursing a leopard cub were captured in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Learn how this unlikely pair found one another and why this case of cross-species nursing is so unusual.
How an Ecosystem—and Its Tigers—Bounced Back in India
July 10, 2017
When I began my visit to Manas National Park—one of India’s most magnificent and potentially important landscapes for tigers—six years ago, it was against a backdrop of violent civil unrest. One of the world’s greatest treasures—it was declared a World Heritage Site in the ‘80s—Manas was once known for its abundant wildlife, including tigers and rhinos.
Remembering Cecil Amid New Threats to Lions
July 1, 2017
Two years ago today, a magnificent black-maned lion named Cecil died after a hunter illegally shot him for sport in Zimbabwe. The tragic incident reverberated around the world, sparking an outcry that set in motion a global discussion about lion conservation.
What Happened to Angola’s 1,000 Lions?
June 15, 2017
Lions are languishing in Angola, a country still reeling and recovering from a devastating three-decades-long civil war that ended in 2002. The aftermath has further devastated the species, which was already experiencing catastrophic declines continent-wide. But new findings from Panthera have inspired a plan to restore lions and replenish populations of other large animals in the area, too....
Hope in the Face of the Extinction Crisis
June 12, 2017
Nature’s extraordinary resilience fills me with hope. I learned this during my first hands-on experience with big cats 25 years ago as a doctoral student in South Africa. As the country emerged from its apartheid-era isolation, I started a project to reintroduce cheetahs and lions to areas of their historic range.
What's Decimating Tigers--And How to Bring Them Back
May 30, 2017
Recently, our Communications staff sat down with Dr. John Goodrich, the Senior Director of Panthera’s Tiger Program and one of the world’s premier experts on tigers, to discuss the biggest threats facing the endangered species today. Read on to find out why it’s in our best interest to protect this majestic wild cat.
Dogs Snuff Out Illegal Wildlife Trade
May 25, 2017
The fall of 2014 was a difficult time for wildlife conservation—but an unpleasant discovery created an opportunity to tackle cross-border illegal trafficking in Central Asia in an innovative way.
Beyond the Last Village (Again)
May 10, 2017
The question “where are snow leopards found, and why?” has brought me and my colleagues to the northernmost point of the country of Myanmar to search for snow leopards.
World's First Mega-fauna Conservation Rankings
May 4, 2017
A new study from Panthera and Oxford University's WildCRU found that affluent countries in the developed world commit less to the conservation of large mammals than poorer nation states.
Catch a Tiger by the Nose
May 2, 2017
Looking for tigers? Follow your nose... in a way you might not expect.
Where There’s a Bear, There’s a Big Cat
April 24, 2017
When a Ph.D. student supported by Panthera and partners set up a camera trap in the mountains of China’s Qinghai province, he hoped to catch a glimpse of a snow leopard—he was not expecting to capture footage of three snow leopards together.
Marching for (Big Cat) Science
April 21, 2017
On the eve of the first ever March for Science, Dr. Mark Elbroch reflects on who and what he's marching for: the right to ask question, the future his children and students will inherit and, of course, mountain lions.
The Cheetah's Collision Course
April 11, 2017
One of the best parts of living in Zambia's Kafue National Park—and sharing it with the cheetahs we are working to protect—is that we get to watch devoted cheetah mums successfully raise their cubs to adulthood. One of the worst parts is knowing that some cheetah cubs won't make it.
Tiger Cubs: A Sign of Hope in Thailand
March 28, 2017
The groundbreaking discovery of Indchinese tiger cubs in Thailand means this modest population in the Eastern Forest Complex is the second known breeding population of this subspecies in the world. Find out how this population could be a game changer for one of the world's most endangered big cats.
The Secrets of Wild Cheetahs
March 22, 2017
Scaling up our cheetah conservation efforts is critical—but in order to do so, we have to find out how cheetahs move across large landscapes... so that's just what we're doing.
The Scars & Stripes of Thailand’s Wild Tigers
March 7, 2017
Though tigers are remarkably resilient, their future is incredibly precarious—in Thailand alone, some estimate that fewer than 200 individuals remain.
A Little Saliva Goes a Long Way
February 24, 2017
Genetic monitoring techniques are rapidly evolving and provide us valuable information about connectivity, genetic health, diseases and ecology.
Bullying the Jaguar—To Save It
February 23, 2017
Follow our team in Colombia as they use San Martinero cattle—a unique breed that is known to defend itself against jaguars—and saving jaguar lives in the process.
Asia’s Last Cheetahs
February 23, 2017
Genetically distinct and isolated from its African counterparts for at least 32,000 years, the Asiatic cheetah once roamed from the Red Sea coast to eastern India. Today, the entire global population of the Asiatic cheetah—a vanishingly few 50 animals—lives in central Iran.
Sand Cat Kittens Spotted in the Wild for First Time
September 20, 2017
Grégory Breton, MSc
How to Age a Lion
August 17, 2016
Jennie Miller, Ph.D.
An Incredible First for Lions and Leopards
July 13, 2017
Susie Weller Sheppard, MA
What to Do If You Meet a Jaguar
July 6, 2016
Stephanny Arroyo Arce
How to Count Tigers
April 13, 2016
John Goodrich, Ph.D.
The Most Incredible Camera Trap Leopard Photo Ever?