Last week, environmental philanthropists from China, India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States announced a new Global Alliance with wild cat conservation charity Panthera, committing $80 Million over the next ten years to conserve the world’s wild cats and their ecosystems. The new Global Alliance marks a real turning point in the growing commitment to help improve the fate of our planet’s vulnerable wild cats.
The Alliance’s will focus on the primary threats facing wild cats:
- poaching for the illegal wildlife trade
- retaliatory and punitive killing of cats due to conflict with people
- unsustainable hunting of prey species, and
- the loss and fragmentation of habitat.
Tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopards, cougars and leopards will be protected under the Alliance by key measures including protecting and stabilising more than half of the world’s most important Asian tiger and African lion populations; securing the largest carnivore corridor in the world for jaguars across 18 countries in Latin America; creating community-based conservation projects in nearly all countries with snow leopard populations; and designing and implementing a range-wide conservation strategy for cougars across North America.
This exciting and timely initiative will also actively promote the work of Panthera as a world leader in wild cat conservation strategies, as the organisation continues to bring together international wild cat experts to direct and implement effective conservation strategies for these incredible creatures.
It will be very interesting to follow the progress of the Alliance as they work together to try and safeguard a future for wild cat populations across the globe.
A full 100% of money raised by Panthera goes straight to delivering conservation work for wild cats globally, with no overhead costs going to the organisation. If you’d like to get involved or pledge your support, please visit their site: http://www.panthera.org/action-center/donate