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Panthera is a New York, NY based non-profit that “is the world’s leading conservation organization devoted exclusively to the protection of wild cats.”

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I may be a dog person (this is my puppy Garçon), but I love big cats. They are the ultimate land-based predators, which is why I hope to one day see a mountain lion in the wild (from the safety of a car though). The problem with big cats is that there is one predator higher up in the food chain: us. Whether it’s protecting livestock, killing them for their fur, or infringing on their habitat, humans have had a severely negative impact on populations of big cats across the world. It’s time to make up for an ugly past, and that’s why Panthera exists. They are a New York, NY based non-profit that “is the world’s leading conservation organization devoted exclusively to the protection of wild cats.” Panthera got its started in 2006, and since then has been working to protect 37 species of wild cats.

On the Prowl

Pantera focuses on protecting seven groups of cats: lions, and tigers, and…. jaguars, snow leopards, cougars, leopards, and cheetahs. You can get a better feel for why Panthera does what they do by watching this video:

After watching that, you’ll probably want to read up on Panthera’s Programs. You can browse by cat, region, or topic (these range from Genetics to Human/Wildlife Contact). If it has to do with protecting big cats, you can be sure that Panthera is working on it. If you’d like to join them, visit their Careers page. Right now they’re looking for a Web & Media Coordinator, and the position looks like a great fit for a new or recent grad.

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