The Global Alliance for Wild Cats is a groundbreaking coalition formed to save the world’s wild cats and their ecosystems. On June 1, 2014, under the auspices of His Highness Mohamed bin Zayed, environmental philanthropists from China, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States together committed an initial $80 million over the next ten years to provide cornerstone funding for Panthera's new $200 million initiative for wild cats.
The Alliance’s extraordinary commitment will fund the most effective solutions for conserving the world’s wild cats and mitigating their primary threats: poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, human-cat conflict, loss of prey species, and the loss and fragmentation of habitat.
Initiatives funded through this commitment will focus on implementing effective conservation solutions, including protecting and stabilizing more than half of the world’s most important Asian tiger and African lion populations; securing the largest corridor in the world for jaguars across 18 Latin American countries; creating community-based conservation projects in nearly all countries with snow leopard populations; reducing killing and poaching in more than half of cheetah and leopard range countries; and designing and implementing a range-wide conservation strategy for cougars.
Managing Director, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund & Secretary-General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Panthera is the gold standard in big cat conservation. It has the proven capacity and expertise to implement this all-important global effort to save the most charismatic members of the animal kingdom.