Panthera Media Director Steve Winter’s amazing images of jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. The story was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine.
Ramesh Sunar with a camera trap he monitors in Nepal (photo: SLC/NTNC)
As recently as a few years ago, Ramesh Sunar of Thini, Annapurna – Nepal, used to kill Chukar (partridges) and other wild birds without a second thought. Whenever he caught a glimpse of a fox, he would …read more
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A Zulu church has begun using faux leopard fur in traditional religious rituals. The use of leopard skins has been part of the Shembe religion for over a century.
“The leopard skin has got a significance because it shows power,” said Lizwi Ncwane, spokesman for the church officially known as the Nazareth Baptist Church. “For the past four months now, we have been using fake skins because we are trying to bring awareness among our people…”
Zulu church helps combat poaching, embraces faux fur to protect leopards
In a country where leopard-hunting permits are only affordable for the very rich or foreign tourists, conservation groups dispute that the trophies worn at Shembe gatherings are legal. ‘Totally illegal’. “This is the biggest display of illegal wildlife …
Zulu church embraces faux fur to protect leopards
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While studying snow leopards, researchers from the Annapurna Area Conservation Project have photographed a Pallas’s cat. According to a report by the Himalayan News Service, fourteen pictures of the cat were taken by 11 cameras that had been set up above the village of Manang.
The first 8 photos were taken in December 2012. An additional 6 images were recorded in December 2013. The images were discovered by Bikram Shrestha, program coordinator for the Snow Leopard Conservancy. The research project was conducted by the Snow Leopard Conservancy and the National Trust for Nature Conservation/Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Local students in grades 6 -8 who had received training in snow leopard monitoring, including how to install and maintain the cameras, also helped on the project.
From Shrestha’s journal:
“I received the camera trap data in November 2013 to analyze and send to Snow Leopard Conservancy-USA. The camera trap from Aangumie Lapche captured the strange species. I was surprised because it was the small size of a snow leopard cub. But no adult snow leopard was captured with it. It was also not similar to other small mammals like the leopard cat and lynx which were recorded in ACAP, so these images continued to confuse me. I sent the report to Dr. Som Ale on 26 November 2013 and our team continued studying all images in attempts to identify the species.”
You can read the report by the Snow Leopard Conservancy and see some of the images here.
The Pallas’s cat is a small wild cat that inhabits Central Asia. Although there has been some speculation that the species could be found in Nepal, this is the first time the cat has been seen in this area. In 2012, camera traps captured images of the Pallas’s cat in Bhutan’s Wangchuck Centennial Park – the first time the cat had been seen in the Eastern Himalayas. The Pallas’s cat is listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1985, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project was launched in 1986.
Annapurna, a Sanskrit word usually translated as “Goddess of the Harvests,” is an area of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. The region, which is the largest protected area in Nepal, is home to more than 102 mammals, as well as 474 birds, 39 reptiles, 22 amphibians and 1,226 species of flowing plants.
PANTHERA: In a press release published last month, Panthera outlined the results of a new report confirming that lions are now Critically Endangered and face extinction across the entire region of West Africa.
Led by Panthera’s Lion Program Survey Coordinator, Dr. Philipp Henschel, the study required a massive survey effort extending across 21 parks and 11 countries over a six year period. The results, unfortunately, are somber: today fewer than 400 lions remain in four isolated populations in West Africa, with only 250 of these being breeding adult lions.
Snow leopard notecards by 11-year-old Kyle Trefny (photo: Kyle Trefny)
Aren’t these notecards beautiful? And what makes them even more beautiful is that they were created by 11-year-old Kyle Trefny in San Francisco to raise money for snow leopard conservation. Kyle attended a Snow Leopard Conservancy event with …read more
Tiger “farms” in South Africa – where tigers are bred for trophy hunting. In this article, Pieter Kat from LionAid talks about captive-bred tigers. Canned tigers? was originally posted on January 27, 2014 at LionAid.org.
LIONAID: Many of you will probably know about the “tiger farms” in China that breed tigers to supply skins and potions like tiger bone wine. There is considerable outrage about these farms internationally, not only because of the conditions under which the tigers are kept, but also because of the ethics of breeding animals for their body parts.
Earlier that year I also wrote a blog about the tiger breeding that goes on in South Africa.
Despite these blogs, and raising the issue at various meetings with UK Members of Parliament and Defra, there continues to be silence and complacency about the SA tiger farms. There, tigers are raised for live export to a number of countries including the United Arab Emirates, Myanmar and Vietnam. During the ten years 2002-2011, a total of 170 live tigers were exported to such dubious destinations. But perhaps more strangely, tigers in SA are also available to be trophy hunted.
It is the only place left in the world where you can go and trophy hunt a tiger. I have not been able to determine how much a tiger hunt costs, but it would appear to be substantial. Over the ten years 2002 – 2011, CITES records indicate that 17 tiger trophies were exported (not re-exported) and that the source was captive-bred tigers.
Who would want to hunt a captive bred tiger? The trophies went to the United Arab Emirates (6), Norway (3), Poland (2) and one each to Spain, Germany, France, Lebanon, Pakistan, and an unnamed country.
Apart from needing a CITES export permit, these trophies do not need the usually necessary import permits required for a species listed on CITES Appendix I as they are hunting trophies and therefore “personal and household effects”. Also, since these are privately owned exotic animals in South Africa, they further escape much regulatory notice.
Meanwhile, tiger breeders must be enjoying their “niche market” in South Africa out of the public eye?
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“The situation is most critical for the geographically isolated populations in West Africa, where the species is considered regionally endangered.”
Field studies were conducted in 13 large areas where the lions are protected to establish the presence and size of any populations. Another eight areas were evaluated based on interviews and existing data.
Most of the data that was compiled came from track surveys, in which lions were tracked by following their footprints.
The report states that lions in West Africa have undergone a “catastrophic collapse.” They have lost more that 99% of their historic range, with 88% of the current population (approximately 350 lions) living in one single population.
You can read the study here.
Photo Credit: Cubinnigeria Philipphenschel Panthera