To ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action.
About the Organization:
Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan and his wife, Daphne Recanati, launched Panthera in 2006 with the goal of conserving the world's thirty-six species of wild cats. Since its inception, the organization has successfully worked to protect tigers in Myanmar, secure vital jaguar corridors in Belize and Colombia, increase the leopard population in South Africa, and unravel the mysteries of snow leopards of Mongolia.
Panthera currently focuses its efforts on the world's largest, most imperiled cats — tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards — and is also running conservation projects to protect Iranian cheetahs, cougars, and leopards. To cultivate the next generation of conservationists, the organization awards grants through various programs, including the Kaplan Graduate Awards, which provide research and project costs for postgraduate students; the Research and Conservation Grants, which support individuals and nongovernmental organizations working to implement conservation projects on wild felids; and the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program, which funds jaguar conservation efforts throughout the jaguar corridor in Central and South America. The organization has also formed partnerships to amplify conservation efforts in the fields of genetic research, education, and human health.
The Panthera Web site offers detailed information about each species ("Meet the Cats") the organization is working to conserve, a photo gallery, videos, a list of recent publications, a blog, and more information about the BBC documentary series, Lost Land of the Tiger, which features the organization's president and CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz.
All administrative and overhead expenses are paid for by the organization's board of directors. The organization also raises funds from individuals and foundations.