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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Panthera's mission is to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action.

Geographic areas served: North, Central and Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East

Programs: Panthera is working to ensure a future for the world's big cats (tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards) by converting science into conservation action on a global scale. Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of the world’s leading cat biologists, Panthera develops, implements, and oversees range-wide species conservation strategies for the largest and most imperiled cats. Panthera forges partnerships from the bottom up with local communities, park guards, and educators; and top down with policy-makers, environmental agencies, presidents and prime ministers. We work on a scale that will make a difference - globally. Our reach spans northern Argentina through Mexico; India to the Russian Far East; Senegal to South Africa; and Mongolia to Afghanistan. Panthera currently focuses its range-wide conservation strategies on the world’s largest, most imperiled cats – tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards – and is planning conservation strategies for cheetahs, leopards and mountain lions. Panthera also supports research and conservation activities on populations of other cat species, as well as initiatives to improve felid research techniques and methodology. To learn more about our conservation programs for tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards and other cat species, visit our website at www.panthera.org

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Ivan2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our culture gobbles up beautiful images of wildlife, but we often fail to realize that those pictures are all we will have left in the future if decisive action is not taken to preserve that precious wildlife. It is real boots-on-the-ground organizations like Panthera that make a difference. Saving the planet's big cats is a great mission that goes beyond the preservation of large felines, as these are top predators in the food chain and in order to save them entire ecosystems must be preserved, factoring in human needs in the affected territories as well. Panthera's work in Brazil's Pantanal is a prime example of this kind of work. The wonderful book TIGERS FOREVER that is just coming out, a joint effort bringing Panthera together with National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, author Sharon Guynup, and the National Geographic book division, is visually stunning, emotionally charged and intellectually compelling. It will surely go a long way to continue spreading the word about how important saving our big cats is. Panthera is a leading organization doing real, sustained, passionate work. Way to go Panthera!

2 Zeeva

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have ALWAYS loved the big cats & the dedicated work of Pantera around the world is so very important--from the science, to the education, to the field projects, & the grants they provide--the sacrifices made by Pantera's people--& many volunteers, their passion & tireless efforts, & the elegance with which they communicate has made MANY people who would otherwise have NO CLUE understand how--as Pantera says: "Cats act as landscape guardians & their presence indicates healthy, intact ecosystems that are crucial for all life, including people."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dedicated volunteers, highly accessible to the public in keeping me informed about issues I never knew about before, and most of all doing such essential conservation and scientific research work. I'm astounded by the level of dedication the members of this organisation have, and the way they have pioneered new research in the field to help conservation efforts. Truly worthy of recognition.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always been passionate about the big cats, how I remained uninformed about this wonderful organization until about a year ago, well, its a mystery, but I am grateful to this group, their dedication, their selfless work on preservation and educational posts, documentries etc rank among the best. They are my first choice for donations and I try and contribute as much as I am able. A worthy nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panthera sets the standard for wild-life charities. It is clear in its objectives - to save the tragically endangered big cats on our planet. It is clear in its methods - apply scientific measurements and methods to conservation and protection. It is clear in its fund-raising and what the money pays for - properly organised research trips and analysis of results put into operation and practice and . It recruits the best in the field.
It has determination and unrelenting drive.

Prerna S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panthera is a brilliant organisation. I believe that the diversity of life on earth is a wonderful thing, which should always be protected and cherished. Therefore, I fully support the fantastic work that Panthera do to protect big cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am working in Bolivia with tourism and have been lucky to meet some of the staff of panthera , without their work big cats throughout the world would be a lot more local extinctions. The plans they implement especially with cattle ranchers and the jaguar corridor will go a long way to ensuring amazing animals such as Jaguars a future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following Panthera for a while now on Facebook and the work they do for the continual survival of big cats is fantastic. The effort they put into conservation and education is second to none and I fully support their efforts to preserve the most magnificent of animals that walk this planet, the big cats. Organisations like Panthera are more important than ever in today's climate and their work, effort and dedication is vital and should be applauded.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just recently discovered Panthera, and absolutely love their mission and all the great work they are doing with wild cats. Big cats are my favorite animal, and I am happy that there is an organization dedicated just to them!

Agustin E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've always been a great lover of the nature and specially the cats, large and small, I am already member of WWF, and adopted a tiger, but now that I found this organization I'm happy to know that we are a lot of people that know the importance to preserv the felines specially the large ones, there's a lot of work to do, and with organizations like Panthera will be more probably to protect our beloved cats.

Victor E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I recently found out about Panthera and their amazing work, they have an ambitious idea, but not impossible if people would learn and understand that these great cats deserve to live and be free. Through amazing pictures of trap cameras, researches and efforts Panthera is showing the beauty and importance of those cats and helping awareness, however much more has to be done and the struggle is enormous, i hope more people will learn about their work and show the support they deserve.

Olga3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've always loved big cats and recently started learning about Panthera's conservation efforts. They have an amazing team of dedicated people willing to go the distance to ensure the survival of these wonderful animals. I personally admire how every penny people donate goes straight to their programs. I'm glad to see there are still many people fighting for our planet. Their work is extremely valuable and admirable.

Donor

Rating: 5

Panthera is an amazing non-profit. They have one goal, and that is to save cats in our natural world.
It is a huge task, but they have a stellar staff, world renowned wildlife biologists and conservationists, and they work all over the world. They are thoughtful with their mission, and work smartly to accomplish it.
They have the passion in their guts to make their mission a reality. Panthera is indeed a "great nonprofit".

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panthera is an amazing organization. It is led by incredibly competent, passionate, and intelligent indiviudals. The mission of the organization is ambitious and energetic. They recently were involved in a snow leopard issue in Mongolia, and the manor in which they handled it was top notch.
They are always at the forefront when issues arise regarding the big cats. It feels like they are an organization tha can truly meet their ambitious mission goals.
They are indeed a force in the conservation world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I write children's books about animals and wanted to use some of the proceeds to help save the tigers. I was looking for a place to represent, and Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo steered me toward Panthera. I love how money to Panthera goes directly to helping save the big cats. What a wonderful organization that educates and protects the big cats all over the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

These guys are amazing, they re-think conservations of big felines.
They created fake leopard fur and convinced some communities to wear it instead of the traditional fur used in rituals. Check their website and see how much they've achieved, to save big cats, working and educating the locals, whether it's in Africa, Asia our on the American continent. if it is possible to save big cats from extinction, then I believe that Panthera will be a large contributor :)

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I study animal management and came across Panthera a couple of years ago. I follow their projects and am really impressed with their work. I admire the passion, which i share, for big felines. I think the interaction with humans has devastated some cat population and Panthera's approach to conservation has assessed this issue very quickly and in an unique way. I do not know of any other conservation groups who bought land and ranches like Panthera did in South America. This allow them to control the staff and their interaction with the predator, but also creates jobs by creating security patrols, building sites...
Also, Panthera is involved and initiated the tiger forever and tiger corridors projects that were adapted with the BBC for TV and was hugely popular.
It is by teaching and educating the people that we will save the cats. Panthera understands this and tackles the problem at its origin.
Thank you guys for doing such a great job :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Completely truthfully does what they say they do. I would donate to them over World Wildlife Fund any day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Dr. Rabinowitz and his team do fantastic work with wild cat populations, and with education of the indigenous people on why we need to help these cats survive in the wild! I support their mission wholeheartedly!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On my own struggles to write a nonprofit book about the Panthera cats I came in contact with the Panthera Organization almost a year from now. They are so friendly and have no problem at all to share their knowledge and let you in the fantastic world of great cats of the world.
I think it is so unbelivable that there still can be people that fight the hard battles for others and keep going as long as i needs.

1 Angelica H

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Panthera and their mission to preserve the world's wild cats while reading an article about their founder Thomas S. Kaplan in the January 7, 2010 online edition of The New York Times. I have always had a passion for wildlife, especially the big cats so I was ecstatic to find an organization solely dedicated to helping their survival. Since then I have attended a few of their lectures, follow them on their social media sites as well as frequently visit their extensive knowledgeable website to learn as much as I can and find ways that I can help. Panthera's scientists and staff are passionate and dedicated, totally determined to save our wild cats. Their wild cat conservation endeavor is both global and an innovative approach. Their programs are community-based helping to educate communities in how they can coexist and help with the preservation of these amazing cats. Panthera's determination and efforts get results. Recently the Government of Mongolia had issued a proposal which would have allowed the hunting of 4 or more endangered snow leopards for research. Panthera's team of wild cat experts, including the renowned Dr. George Schaller and Dr. Tom McCarthy, Panthera's Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, amazing staff and with the help of almost 3,500 people who signed Panthera's petition within 2 days, were able to get the proposal rescinded. The wild cats of the world stand a chance for survival with Panthera on their side.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panthera is a wonderful organization that I have supported for about a year - ever since I read about them and their mission to save the wild cats. Although I am not a scientist or researcher, I have a keen interest in big cats and have found the best and most trustworthy information from the Panthera experts who have actually been out in the field. Their field programs not only deal with researching and saving the big cats, but also educating and working with the local people who live side by side with the big cats. I'm an interpreter at a zoo and I, along with every zoo keeper and zoo volunteer that I know, would rather see the animals out in the wild. However, I use Panthera's information about their programs and their expert big cat knowledge to educate the people who I talk with when I stand by the big cat exhibits. I can go on and on about the wonderful books, videos, documentaries and photos that can be found via the Panthera website, but I think you get the idea of what a great organization they are.