Developing and improving upon existing conservation technology is a crucial part of Panthera’s work to monitor cat populations and measure and mitigate threats to their survival.
Camera trapping is a widely used, non-invasive method to monitor wild cat populations. In response to the burgeoning poaching and bushmeat industries, Panthera is developing and testing the V6W PoacherCam, a hidden camera that uses an imaging algorithm to distinguish humans from wildlife and instantly transmits images to law enforcement officials via cellular network.
S M A R T
Wild cats and their prey need well-trained ‘boots on the ground’ to effectively protect them from poachers and other threats. SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is an accessible computer-based platform used to measure, evaluate, and improve the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols.
Using satellite imagery, statistical modeling, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Landscape Analysis Lab helps Panthera identify patterns in landscapes occupied by wild cats, along with the causes and consequences of these patterns.
Global Felid Genetics Program
The Global Felid Genetics Program is a joint venture between Panthera and the American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Center for Conservation Genetics (CCG) founded to collect and analyze genetic data to better conserve the genetic corridors required for the long-term survival of wild cats.