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3 November 11

You’ve told me who your favourite charities are, now here are some of mine!

  • National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign.
  • Save Tigers Now  is a global WWF campaign with a goal of building political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 - the next Year of the Tiger.  
  • The Northern Jaguar Project strives to preserve essential jaguar habitat through the establishment, care, and expansion of a safe-haven sanctuary in northern Mexico.
  • The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance is a coalition of 13 international and Russian NGOs that have pooled resources to support conservation of Amur leopards and tigers in the wild.

Consider spreading the word about these organizations and REBLOG TO WIN a copy of the new book Awkward Family Pet Photos! USA addresses only.

All photos: Tambako the Jaguar

13 October 11
Amur leopard captured on camera in China for first time since 1949An Amur leopard was photographed in    a forest in Wangqing county, on the border of Russia and North Korea.  There are fewer than 50 Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) left living    in the wild, almost all of them in Russia. The cat is classified as    technically extinct in China.
Chinese officials have immediately moved to establish a national nature    reserve around the Wangqing forest, in order to protect the area.
Read full article.
Photo: Peking University/ World Wildlife Fund /Sun Ge

Amur leopard captured on camera in China for first time since 1949
An Amur leopard was photographed in a forest in Wangqing county, on the border of Russia and North Korea. There are fewer than 50 Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) left living in the wild, almost all of them in Russia. The cat is classified as technically extinct in China.

Chinese officials have immediately moved to establish a national nature reserve around the Wangqing forest, in order to protect the area.

Read full article.

Photo: Peking University/ World Wildlife Fund /Sun Ge

19 September 11
Conservation fund helps preserve endangered animals and plantsMajestic and solitary, the Arabian leopard once roamed the Arabian  Peninsula. Now, less than 250 of these beautiful creatures exist, their  numbers threatened by loss of habitat and hunting.
Destroying a top predator in a food chain in such a manner could  wreak havoc on the entire ecosystem, a leading environmental fund  manager told Gulf News in the capital yesterday.
Read more.Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

Conservation fund helps preserve endangered animals and plants
Majestic and solitary, the Arabian leopard once roamed the Arabian Peninsula. Now, less than 250 of these beautiful creatures exist, their numbers threatened by loss of habitat and hunting.

Destroying a top predator in a food chain in such a manner could wreak havoc on the entire ecosystem, a leading environmental fund manager told Gulf News in the capital yesterday.

Read more.
Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

20 July 11
First Pictures: Snow Leopards Rebounding in AfghanistanThis scratching snow leopard is among several of the big cats recently photographed by the camera traps in Afghanistan.
The   traps, which are triggered by motion, were placed at 16 locations   throughout the Wakhan Corridor by local Afghan men who are being trained   as rangers to help monitor and protect wildlife, according to the   Wildlife Conservation Society.
See more.
Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society

First Pictures: Snow Leopards Rebounding in Afghanistan
This scratching snow leopard is among several of the big cats recently photographed by the camera traps in Afghanistan.

The traps, which are triggered by motion, were placed at 16 locations throughout the Wakhan Corridor by local Afghan men who are being trained as rangers to help monitor and protect wildlife, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

See more.

Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society

27 May 11
In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguarsFor years poachers and farmers protecting livestock have threatened  Costa Rica’s jaguar population. Conservation groups estimate that 30  jaguars were killed in the last three years. Those groups are now  working with farmers to provide incentives to protect the species.
Read more.
Photo: Tico Times

In Costa Rica, the fight to save the hunted jaguars
For years poachers and farmers protecting livestock have threatened Costa Rica’s jaguar population. Conservation groups estimate that 30 jaguars were killed in the last three years. Those groups are now working with farmers to provide incentives to protect the species.

Read more.

Photo: Tico Times

22 May 11
Will cash bonuses bestowed on towns prevent the poaching of the beautiful, majestic, and critically endangered snow leopard?
Though numbers are still dropping, this is just one innovative way Panthera is trying to keep this cat prowling the planet.
Read more at this Treehugger.com snow leopard slide show.
Photo credit: Christian Sperka

Will cash bonuses bestowed on towns prevent the poaching of the beautiful, majestic, and critically endangered snow leopard?

Though numbers are still dropping, this is just one innovative way Panthera is trying to keep this cat prowling the planet.

Read more at this Treehugger.com snow leopard slide show.

Photo credit: Christian Sperka

9 May 11

Camera captures tiger cubs in forest under imminent threat of clearing
WWF camera traps recorded an astounding 12 tigers in just two months in the central Sumatran landscape of Bukit Tigapuluh, including two mothers with cubs. A video camera trap in the same area has also captured footage of three young tiger siblings playfully chasing a leaf.

The forest where the tigers were recorded is under imminent threat of being cleared by the pulp and paper industry, despite being designated a “global priority Tiger Conservation Landscape”. It is one of six the government of Indonesia pledged to protect at last November’s tiger summit of world leaders in Russia.

Read more.

6 May 11
The Snow Leopard Conservancy captured this cub image in Mongolia using a camera trap.
More has been done to protect snow leopards, one of the most elusive  creatures on the planet, by a tiny organization in a small house in  Boyes Hot Springs than by almost anyone else in the world.
Read more.

The Snow Leopard Conservancy captured this cub image in Mongolia using a camera trap.

More has been done to protect snow leopards, one of the most elusive creatures on the planet, by a tiny organization in a small house in Boyes Hot Springs than by almost anyone else in the world.

Read more.

5 May 11
Let Lions Live: $30,000 for 30,000Lions are vanishing across Africa,  fewer than 30,000 remain. Join the fight to let lions live. Help  Panthera raise $30,000 to protect the last 30,000 lions.
Until May 27th, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar & go directly  to the field to help Panthera save the world’s remaining lions. Every  dollar counts.
Donate now!

Let Lions Live: $30,000 for 30,000
Lions are vanishing across Africa, fewer than 30,000 remain. Join the fight to let lions live. Help Panthera raise $30,000 to protect the last 30,000 lions.

Until May 27th, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar & go directly to the field to help Panthera save the world’s remaining lions. Every dollar counts.

Donate now!

4 May 11
In the trans-Himalayan region, a conservation effort has reduced conflicts between snow leopards and pastoralists.
Read more.
Pictured: A pair of snow leopards in the high altitudes of the trans-Himalayan region.
Photo: Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi

In the trans-Himalayan region, a conservation effort has reduced conflicts between snow leopards and pastoralists.

Read more.

Pictured: A pair of snow leopards in the high altitudes of the trans-Himalayan region.

Photo: Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh