PANTHERA PARTNERS WITH SAVE THE TIGER FUND TO ENSURE A FUTURE FOR WILD CATS

Dr. Bhagavan Antle of T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve in Myrtle Beach strives to save endangered animals.  Dr. Antle and eight exotic animal trainers from T.I.G.E.R.S along with their veterinarian Dr. Sherri Duncan, decided to go and teach the staff of Savannah Cheetah Foundation  how to train cheetahs to our lure system and make a video and photo documentary of this amazing event. Some of the T.I.G.E.R.S. staff have over twenty years experience working as professional videographers and photographers and are continually working with endangered wildlife species.  It is our hope that the sight of a beautiful cheetah pelting across the grass up close and personal both live and on DVD would help inspire their visitors and those who view the video and pictures, towards a more ecologically friendly way of life.

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Enjoy this article on Saving the Tigers from the T.I.G.E.R.S. web site,

 Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund (STF) are joining forces to further the global fight to save tigers in the wild. This new partnership between two of the most influential and successful tiger conservation groups will double the resources available for strategic tiger conservation efforts, with a focus on addressing key threats to wild tigers and scientifically measuring conservation success.
It is estimated that humans cause up to 83 percent of tiger deaths, mostly from poaching. To specifically address these threats, Panthera and Save the Tiger Fund will support direct interventions that protect tigers, associated prey populations and the habitats on which these species depend.

“We need to stop the killing of tigers and we need to establish measurable goals that relate directly to immediate tiger survival and increases in tiger numbers,” said Panthera CEO Alan Rabinowitz. “Panthera’s strategic focus on saving tigers combined with STF’s years of experience funding critical tiger sites is an important step in leveraging our resources. This partnership is a game changer and I am convinced it will positively impact how tigers and their habitats are protected.”

“With as few as four dozen significant breeding populations left in the world, tigers need guaranteed protection in order for the species to have any chance at survival,” said Luke Hunter, President of Panthera. “Our partnership with STF will build on Panthera’s successful Tigers Forever program, which employs science-based measurement and monitoring of tiger and prey populations, along with rigorous implementation of enforcement activities.”

Inhabiting less than 7 percent of its historic range, the tiger has experienced the greatest range collapse of any large cat species and is now one of the most endangered large mammals on earth. Population numbers are dismal. From at least tens of thousands of wild tigers at the beginning of the 20th century, current best estimates hover below 3,200 tigers in the wild today.

“Save the Tiger Fund has partnered with Panthera because we recognize the urgency of the current state of tigers in the wild and because Panthera knows how to save tigers,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which hosts Save the Tiger Fund. “Through this partnership, Panthera and STF will maintain a single-minded focus on the fundamental issues that face tiger populations today.”

About Save the Tiger Fund
Established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1995, Save the Tiger Fund (STF) sponsors effective efforts to stop the killing of wild tigers and enable wild tigers to recover and flourish. With an emphasis on engaging local people as partners, STF has invested in more than 300 projects in 13 tiger-range countries to reduce and eliminate threats to wild tigers and create favorable conditions for their conservation. Visit http://www.savethetigerfund.org .

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Visit one of the best Myrtle Beach attractions, T.I.G.E.R.S. and enjoy a Carolina Safari for yourself. 


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