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Last year, we applauded reports that global wild tiger numbers were finally on the rise after more than a century. But the rush to celebrate left us questioning the counting methods, and a newly published Panthera study calls for a change in the way we monitor populations. Read this blog post explaining the dangers of making false conclusions and suggesting how we can more reliably estimate population trends to be sure the science behind tiger conservation is sound at the link in our bio. #TigerTuesday #tigersforever #tigers


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Children at a nature camp in Tajikistan learned about #snowleopard #conservation this summer from a Panthera scientist and her teenage daughter. Here, they place camera traps in the hopes of capturing images of the elusive big cat.


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Children at a nature camp in Tajikistan learned about #snowleopard #conservation this summer from a Panthera scientist and her teenage daughter.


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File this under Not-Your-Average "What I Did This Summer" Essays. Montana teenager Bianca Rosen, whose mother is a Panthera scientist, spent her break in Tajikistan teaching Kyrgyz and Tajik children about snow leopard conservation. There were classroom activities and games to make animal education fun, but also truly hands-on field trips, like a hike to set camera traps that will hopefully capture images of the elusive big cat. "The location we chose was approximately 1 mile up a steep, jagged peak," Bianca wrote in this vivid blog post. "It was like attempting to swim up a waterfall. While I was tripping, heaving, and grimacing, [the kids] bolted up the slope like rockets, then slid back down to grab me by my clammy hands and proceed to sprint up with me in tow." Read more at the link in our bio. #conservation #conservationeducation #snowleopards #bigcats #wildlife #tajikistan


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Our newest Global Alliance member, Madame He Qiaonyu (pictured here with Panthera Founder and Chairman of the Board Thomas Kaplan), is pioneering a burgeoning philanthropic movement in China. Her foundation has an ambitious vision for nature conservation and a seven-year plan to protect 28 critical habitat areas within China and conserve dozens of flagship animal and plant species. Madame He said she feels fortunate to be working with Panthera. “There are a large number of entrepreneurs in China who are actively paying attention to environmental issues. They would love to share their wealth, knowledge, and vision to search for more and effective solutions for conserving nature. [We call] on potential partners in China and indeed across the globe to unite together to protect our only homeland and promise a better future for this planet!”


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It’s #selfiesunday! Our motion-triggered camera traps caught a young male lion from southern Africa. The lion is the only felid in which the males develop an extensive mane, beginning at six to eight months, and later in very hot climates. In mature males, the mane will usually cover the entire head (excluding the face) as well as the neck, shoulders, and upper chest, making lions one of the most recognizable mammal species. See more photos of big cats on our Camera CATalogue site (link in bio). #lions #lion #mane #lionmane #bigcats #bigcatsofinstagram #wildlife #cameratrap


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Chinese philanthropist Madame He Qiaonyu (center) celebrated her new partnership with Panthera today in Monaco with Dr. William Dong, CEO of Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation, Nicole Mollo, Executive Director of Environmental Philanthropy, Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, and Panthera Founder and Chairman of the Board Thomas Kaplan. Dr. Kaplan said the event was a game-changing moment in conservation history. “Madame He’s vision for species conservation is big and bold, befitting China’s enormous potential to change the trajectory for threatened big cats at home and around the world," he said. "Madame He is herself a force of nature, and I have no doubt that she will galvanize a new homegrown movement to join her in sustaining our planet’s most precious and vulnerable wildlife.” Learn more about Madame He's commitment at our press release (http://bit.ly/2xEAf1P). #conservation #conservationpartnerships #bigcats


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We have some exciting news for Panthera and big cats: Visionary Chinese philanthropist and entrepreneur Madame He Qiaonyu has joined Panthera's Global Alliance for Wild Cats and committed $20 million over the next decade to fund conservation programs devoted to protecting big cats around the world. In this historic partnership, Madame He’s Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation will collaborate with Panthera and Oxford's WildCRU to combat threats facing imperiled species, starting with snow leopards in China and lions in Africa. "This partnership enables us at Qiaonyu Foundation to utilize the most professional and experienced team in cat conservation as we begin to protect and preserve these beautiful but fragile species,” Madame He said. “It is an extraordinary undertaking.” Read more at the link in our bio. #bigcats #conservation #conservationpartnerships #conservationpartners #China #entrepreneur #philanthropy #snowleopard #lion


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Everything we thought we knew about pumas could be changing. A groundbreaking Panthera study out today in Science Advances provides the first evidence of complex social strategies in pumas--and any solitary carnivore. Researchers long believed that pumas interacted infrequently, but the team documented hundreds of instances of pumas sharing food with one another. “We were shocked," said lead author and Panthera Puma Program Lead Scientist Dr. Mark Elbroch. "This research allows us to break down mythologies and opens the door to enormous possibilities. Are pumas everywhere behaving the same, or only in areas with large prey? Are other species like leopards and wolverines and so many others acting the same way? There is so much more to discover." Read a blog post breaking down the findings at the link in our bio. #pumas #solitarycarnivores #cougars #mountainlions


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It's #TigerTuesday! This is one of four cubs photographed in Bandhavgarh National Park, India, known for its large population of Bengal tigers. “I was balancing myself on the back of the Jeep with this guy in front of me, one of his siblings to the left of him almost completely camouflaged in the dry grass, and the two other siblings 90 degrees to my left," photographer @katrinamartlew recalled. "I had one eye on the two and the other working overtime on its peripheral vision to make sure I was not their snack. It was an incredible experience watching the four of them together." Check out more tiger goodies at the link in our bio. #tigersforever #tigers #tigercubs #tigercub


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Did you know pumas provide fast food to an unbelievable number of birds and mammal scavengers across their vast range in North and South America? A recent Panthera study captured an impressive 39 species feeding on puma kills--higher than any other scavenger study to date. Providing free buffets is one reason pumas are so important to ecosystems. Read more on our blog: (link in bio). #pumas #ecosystems #scavenger #mountainlion #cougar


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It’s #selfiesunday! Our motion-triggered camera traps managed to capture this striking photo of a passing leopard in southern Africa. The leopard is a consummate stalk and ambush hunter, and will approach its prey as closely as possible for a final rush, from as close as 4-5 m! Leopards are capable of explosive speed to pursue prey at a short distance, but will rarely continue the pursuit farther than 50 m if the rush fails. Though fast, their powerful build reflects an adaptation geared more toward strength for tackling large prey, and climbing. Want to check out more photos of large cats from our camera traps? Visit the link in our bio. #leopard #leopards #bigcatsofinstagram #bigcats #wildlife


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On October 14th, conservation heroes from around the world will come together at the @wildnetorg Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco to share stories about protecting endangered species. Join us and learn how YOU can make a difference for wildlife--and check out Panthera's booth! For more information or to buy tickets, visit the link in our bio. #endangeredspecies #wcnexpo17 #wcnexpo #bigcats #wildlife #conservation


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It’s #TigerTuesday! Generally solitary and territorial animals, tigers live and hunt alone, with the exception of a mother and her cubs. It takes about 70 deer-sized animals a year to feed this family, photographed in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India. Learn more about Panthera’s work to protect the species: (link in bio). #tigersforever #tigers #tiger #wildlife #bigcats #bigcatsofinstagram


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