On June 1, 2014, environmental philanthropists from China, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States formed a new Global Alliance with Panthera committing an initial $80 Million over the next ten years to conserve the world’s wild cats and their ecosystems. Marking an unprecedented turning point for the future of wild cat conservation, the Global Alliance’s $80 Million commitment provides cornerstone funding for Panthera’s new $200 Million initiative for wild cats.
The Alliance’s $80 Million 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, retaliatory and punitive killing of cats due to conflict with people, unsustainable hunting of prey species, and the loss and fragmentation of habitat.
Initiatives funded through this commitment will focus on protecting the world’s largest wild cats - tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopards, cougars and leopards – by implementing the following conservation solutions:
- Protecting and stabilizing more than half of the world’s most important Asian tiger and African lion populations;
- Securing the largest carnivore corridor in the world for jaguars across 18 countries in Latin America;
- 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, inclusive of creating corridors and recovery landscapes across North America.
Marsh pride lioness and her new 2.5 week old cubs (by CharlesCRussell)
Animal Fact: Cheetahs are the only cats that can change direction midair while chasing prey. Cheetah run pics by Stephen Moehle.
After being monitored for quite some time, a 14 year old tigress in Kanha National Park, has unfortunately passed away due to her old age.
In Bandhavgarh, two of the three cubs born to the Kankati tigress, were found dead, suspected to have been killed by a rival tiger. The surviving cub, a female, was taken to Satpura tiger reserve where she will be brought up in semi-wild conditions, until she is able to be released back into the wild.