In the midst of an unimaginable future, we know that wild cat poachers and wildlife traffickers are not slowing down. Neither can we. Your urgent gift will help Panthera continue our critical conservation work. Click here to read in Spanish
Fighting Fires in the Brazilian Pantanal
The Pantanal is under siege from wildfires. Over 1 million hectares have already burnt, more than 10% of the region. As of September 10, Panthera conservatively estimates that approximately 200 jaguars have been impacted, including displaced, injured and/or killed, by the current fires throughout the entire Pantanal. As flames rage, five times the amount of last year's inferno, Panthera's jaguar scientists have had to take on an urgent new role: firefighters on the frontlines. Read Conflict Program Director Rafael Hoogesteijn's blog to learn more.
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Meditation Oasis Partnership
Through the use of guided meditation and technology, Meditation Oasis has been bringing meditation to thousands of people worldwide since 2002. Their meditation course and guided meditations are based on universal principles that can be discovered in many traditions and practices. Meditation Oasis has provided two free guides, Nature Attunement and Walking Meditation Guides, to help us get closer to nature when we need it most. Anyone who donates to our Window to the Wild / Wild Crisis Campaign will receive these guides, free, as a thank you for supporting our programs.
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COVID-19 and Increased Poaching in South America
COVID-19 and Increased
Poaching in South America
In the midst of the global pandemic, we’re seeing wildlife creeping back into urban centers that have been emptied due to social distancing. Unfortunately, this means that poachers have more access to these creatures, many of which are wild cats. Poachers also have more time on their hands with work stoppages, hitting the forests while guards attend to their families.
Northern South America Regional Director Esteban Payan has been reporting an increase in the poaching of both jaguars and pumas in Colombia and other parts of the region. While we are respecting quarantine rules in major cities, Panthera is still working in rural areas where maintaining contacts is imperative to prevent this rise in poaching. It’s critical that now more than ever we continue to support our people on-the-ground so they can stand between poachers and wild cats like jaguars, pumas and tigers.
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An Inspirational Story from Angola
Panthera’s Donovan Jooste and Geraldo Mayira work in Luenge-Luiana National Park, Angola. Being stationed in this remote area has been made even more difficult due to the current global pandemic and our need to maintain social distancing regulations. From canceled flights, 16-hour driving shifts and dozens of calls to the authorities, our Panthera researchers never give up.
Despite being rejected at borders, struggling to procure enough rations and negotiating with immigration officials, Donovan and Geraldo continue to work around-the-clock to make sure staff are paid and cared for and critical relationships with government officials are maintained. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, Panthera is keeping our promise to support the 400 people who benefit directly and indirectly from our work in the park. Their story is a reminder that we are all in this together. Learn more about our efforts to protect wildlife while supporting local communities in Luenge-Luiana.
How Panthera is Helping
In partnership with global government wildlife departments, local organizations and law enforcement agencies, we are building a big cat information network to coordinate monitoring of illegal wildlife trade and enforcement efforts across the globe. Specifically, we seek to understand the depth and breadth of illegal wildlife trade and propose effective, collaborative solutions in the Andes of South America, southern Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
In these areas, our law enforcement specialists are:
Tracking trafficking patterns and trends and sharing data with local, regional, national and international partners;
Training partners on the frontline of countering poaching and trafficking like patrol rangers, staff at check posts surrounding national parks, airport security and other law enforcement agency staff;
Promoting stronger judicial actions to effectively prosecute and sentence poachers and traffickers; and
Producing communication materials in multiple languages about the illegality of hunting big cats and buying or selling their parts.
Download the Full 2019 Annual Report
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.
We are fighting a difficult battle. Wildlife markets are still thriving in Southeast Asia and in other places around the world. We must step up now to prevent the next pandemic and the next species lost.
Panthera to WHO: We Need a Permanent Worldwide Ban on Live Wildlife Markets
Panthera joins hundreds of international wildlife protection organizations in calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to urge governments around the globe to permanently ban live wildlife markets, in recognition of their proven threats to human health.
The source of COVID-19, the zoonotic infectious disease that has shaken the globe in recent months, is yet undetermined, but scientists believe the pathogen may have been transferred from animals to people in a live wildlife market in China.
We must step up now to prevent the next pandemic and the next species lost. To download and share, click the graphic to save.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Panthera commends the government of China for taking bold steps to immediately halt the consumption and trade of wild animals, and encourages the adoption of even broader, permanent protections for wildlife and humans.
Learn about our recommendations and what these could mean for the future of cats and other wildlife, if enforced.
Poachers are waging a war against wildlife. Picking up automatic weapons and chainsaws and laying down snares and poison, nefarious gangs of poachers are targeting big cats for their skins, claws, teeth and other body parts that are sold through the illegal wildlife market. Wildlife trafficking rings often link back to organized crime syndicates, and there are suspected links with terrorism and human trafficking.
Poaching and wildlife trade has recently been the number one threat to tigers and we’re now seeing evidence that the threat is affecting species like lions. In the last 100 years, lion populations have declined by 90% and tiger populations have decreased by 96%. If we don’t act, these majestic animals may be gone for good.