Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 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 smaller wild cat species around the globe.
Mission: Ensure a future for wild cats and the vast landscapes on which they depend.
Vision: 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.
A Letter From the Chairman
Panthera protects wild cats because it is a winning strategy for conserving the ecosystems on which these cats and thousands of plant and animal species depend.
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.
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Protecting big cats in an increasingly developed world requires a big commitment. It starts with people like you. Please help Panthera secure a future for wild cats with a donation today.
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