Program areas at Panthera
Lion - Panthera combines an understanding of lion ecology in human dominated landscapes with techniques that provide local communities with the ability and incentive to avoid conflict with lions. In addition, Panthera also works to curtail widespread wire-snare poaching which is pervasive in many key lion landscapes, including kafue np (zambia), limpopo np (mozambique) and niokolo-koba np (senegal).snow leopard - Panthera developed a state-of-the-art global range map and database of snow leopard habitats and helps delineate critical conservation units and identify prevailing threats. Using the database to target populations that require conservation, Panthera's efforts are geared towards a range-wide approach in conserving the snow leopards.puma - Panthera is working to better understand and protect pumas in the western us (northwest Wyoming, the san francisco bay area and olympic peninsula) and in the torres del paine national park region in the chilean patagonia. Panthera's work includes studying the effects of wolf reintroduction and human hunting on puma populations, utilizing innovative camera technology to observe the secret social lives of pumas, characterizing dispersal dynamics and impediments, and mitigating human-puma conflict. A range-wide assessment of the status of pumas, from patagonia to british columbia, is also underway.small cats - Panthera also works to understand and conserve the 33 species of small wild cats. Priorities for this program are to focus on the least understood cats, to enhance current data collection on big cat study sites to gather small cat data, and to strategically establish new sites of high conservation value for small cats.tech - Panthera's technology program developed devices and software supporting species programs, including camera traps and poachercams. Panthera integrates third party private gsm (global system for mobile) wireless equipment, as well as systems to monitor poachercam deployments. Scholarships and awards - Panthera provides scholarships, research and projects to post-graduate students in advanced degree programs, and research and conservation awards to individuals and organizations implementing conservation projects on wild cats. Panthera, in conjunction with the american museum of natural history, developed a global felid genetic database to understand the impact of large scale genetic issues impacting felids, and now works through the national genomics center for wildlife and fish conservation in missoula, Montana, for most of its genetic analysis needs.
Tiger: Panthera, through various individual programs, seeks to increase wild tiger populations at least 50 percent across key sites over the next decade. In addition, Panthera identifies and creates safe corridors for the species to move between core populations.
Jaguars: Panthera utilizes a range-wide approach focusing on the entire spectrum of species influences and dynamics, including prey, key populations, threat mitigation, education and building genetic corridors in which jaguars can move safely. Panthera works closely with ranchers to develop methods and models to demonstrate that cattle ranching and jaguar conservation can co-exist, just as they work with engineers and developers to design roads that allow for easier passage of jaguars and other wildlife.
Cheetah - Panthera seeks to protect cheetahs by addressing direct threats to them, their prey base and their habitats. To do this, Panthera gathers critical ecological data by surveying and monitoring populations and their prey, collaborating with local law enforcement officials and partners, and working with local communities to mitigate conflict and create cheetah-positive landscapes within communities. Panthera's approach to protecting cheetahs focuses on developing an integrated transboundary program based in zambia, but operating over the 5-country kaza landscape, which is the landscape in the kavango and zambezi river basins, and eventually expanding across the cheetah's african range.