By Amelia Meyer
Panthera is a relatively new organisation, having been established in 2006. In less than a decade, it has become the largest dedicated funder of wild cat conservation programmes the world over. Some of the most effective and well-known projects that are the brainchildren (or direct results) of Panthera include the Tigers Forever Programme, the Himalayan Tiger Corridor, Project Leonardo, the Jaguar Corridor, and the Snow Leopard Initiative.
Panthera has managed to get leading cat experts from around the world to collaborate and share their knowledge, ideas and resources to protect and conserve the cats on our precious planet.
They have also used the fact that celebrities (such as Glenn Close) support their initiative to their advantage; using her as a spokeswoman in some cases. Their efforts extend beyond tigers, and include about 37 different wild cat species. Educating the public is a very big part of this effort, and educational programmes are used extensively.