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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Earth Endeavours Media

Donor

Rating: 5

When we invest in a cause, nothing is more deeply satisfying than to know our support has direct impact. Panthera utilise our funds in the field, in essence connecting us with opportunities of real value, benefiting conservation, community initiatives and research vital to saving Big Cats.

1 Cheryl73

Donor

Rating: 5

Finding a way to effectively support conservation is difficult, suspicions that funds are not applied earnestly to the cause abound. Not so with Panthera - all fund go to the cause. Also while I love big cats and that's my goal, the collateral benefits of preserving predators that roam large territories is the conservation of all other creatures and plants, and yes even humans.

Panthera combines solid science with an appreciation of the realities of politics, their strategies reflect the need to simultaneously address these factors to bring about change.

Panthera - unquestionable cause, effective strategy and professional implementation

2 Stephanie117

Donor

Rating: 5

Panthera is a brilliant organization. They are committed to animals they champion and also the educating the world about those animals, their environments, and their importance to the world. Their transparency allows those of us who support them with our pennies to do so secure in the knowledge that even we are able to help. Brava, Panthera!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I am impressed and excited by the mission of Panthera to save endangered wil cats. Its a terrific organization, There does not seem to be a lot of overhead and the money goes straight to the programs that benefit these beautiful creatures. I am hooked as its become one of my favorite charities. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found Panthera while searching for an organization to work with for my daughter's fundraising efforts:

http://www.thewriterrevived.com/2013/08/introducing-sbs-save-siberian-campaign.html

She wants to help save the Siberian tiger. I am impressed with the mission and methods of Panthera. They are very innovative. And the people are so clearly passionate about what they do.

All donor funds go directly to the field, which is unique and completely awesome. Panthera does great things!

Il B.

Donor

Rating: 4

Serious and science-based charity. I'm happy to support projects that show they know what they're talking about, and they definitely are an authority in big feline protection.
They're big enough to be effective in positively influencing local governments and communities with realistic projects, but they're not a behemoth with overgrown directive staff.
I definitely hope success for their efforts for saving big cats.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about Panthera for almost four years now. In that short time, particularly through its communications and public relations campaigns, it has grown from a barely-visible organization around the world to one, if not the most, influential big cat conservation effort out there. I am proud to have contributed to its cause and will continue to support the organization's grand work.

Roxanne6

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently found out about this group and completely support their work with our endangered cats they have brought further insight into the struggles our large cats endure and work with locals in the areas where conflicts b/t humans and cats occur to educate and assist the locals to reduce conflicts and encourage coexistence b/t the two.

Donor

Rating: 5

After realizing that I want to spend my life studying and working for the conservation of wildlife I soon discovered Panthera. Knowing that 100% of every donation is going into the field makes this in my opinion the leading organisation for felid conservation. Thank you, Panthera.... for fighting for these magnificent animals and making sure that this planet keeps some of its most beautiful wonders.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

They work on a huge global scale to save the world's endangered cat species through education, anti-poaching, awareness, and protection. Their dedication and transparency should be rewarded. This is why I'm donating a percentage of the royalties of my novel The See-Through Leopard to their organization. It's too easy to sit back and do nothing, but the team are helping to make changes before it's too late.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity works on a vast, international scale to save big cats in the wild. They've successfully negotiated with difficult governments, like Myanmar and Guyana to help conserve leopards and tigers. Their Tigers Forever project focuses on saving tigers by stopping poaching, preserving habitat, creating wildlife corridors, research, and helping the people in the area, which is key to helping the animals. A truly excellent big cat charity that I can't endorse heartily enough.

Keith W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Panthera is an great organization. It is led by incredibly competent, passionate group of people dedicated in protecting the wild cats throughout the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Panthera works all around the world with leading wild cat experts to design and implement science-based conservation strategies. In particular, large felines such as tigers, lions, and snow leopards are top predators in their ecosystems. If they decline, the health of the ecosystem declines. Since of course humans are also members of ecosystems, the loss of these animals also has a negative impact on humans.

Leigh W.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a clothing and textile historian who has extensively researched and written about the use of leopard and other wild cat furs in fashion history, I can appreciate very vividly the need to support the conservation of wild cats and stop the illegal and destructive trade in exotic furs. Panthera is a valuable resource for education, conservation campaigns, and other issues vital to wild cat survival and protection. I have been able to support small campaigns because of their informative newsletters--a cause such as the To Skin A Cat documentary project regarding the plight of leopards in South Africa might not have come to my attention any other way. I am very proud to support all their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization supports Panthera b/c they are doing real work to save wild cats. Panthera builidng infrastructure around the world to educate local communities and invest in local businesses so they can live in harmony with wildlife.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Justin (age 7) and Kate (age 5) created Cans 4 Cats which collects and recycles aluminum cans in order to raise money for big cat conservation. We first heard of Panthera while reading a National Geographic article and were impressed that all our money goes to support big cat conservation. We have sent several donations to Panthera and each time the kids receive a very personal thank you note, thanking them and encouraging them to continue pursuing their goals. Panthera has featured the kids in their newsletter and have really worked toward building a relationship with us. We look forward to a long relationship with Panthera.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Panthera is the undisputed heavy weight champion of Wild Cat conservation. Panthera's management is a veritable dream team of cat conservationists with limitless passion to advance one of the planets most important causes. Panthera offers participants access to best of breed science and strategies aimed at ensuring the sustained longevity and growth of wild cat populations. Unlike competing organizations Panthera's is uniquely structured to be 100% efficient so every dollar donated is applied directly to conservation. If you are looking for the agile, aggressive and outside the box approach necessary to tackle the tough issue of wild cat conservation then Panthera is your stop.