Founded: 2006

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.

Current Programs:
Panthera currently focuses its efforts on the world's largest, most imperiled cats — , , , and — and is also running conservation projects to protect Iranian cheetahs, cougars, and . To cultivate the next generation of conservationists, the organization awards grants through various , including the , which provide research and project costs for postgraduate students; the , which support individuals and nongovernmental organizations working to implement conservation projects on wild felids; and the , 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 , , and .

Web Site:
The Panthera Web site offers detailed information about each species ("Meet the Cats") the organization is working to conserve, a , , a list of , a , and more information about the BBC documentary series, , 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.

Contact: Alan Rabinowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (646) 786-0400
Fax: (646) 786-0401


March 9, 2010