New $80 million fund to save world’s wild cats
Donors from China, India, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. provided $80 million as cornerstone funding to save all 38 species of wild cats.
As the animals at the top of the food chain, wild cats help maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystems in which they live and upon which humans depend, and serve as the flagship species for conserving large, wild landscapes.
Panthera, a leading organization dedicated to ensuring the future of wild cats, announced on June 1 the 10-year guaranteed commitment from several environmental philanthropists and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Unprecedented in its scope, Panthera said the money will immediately fund the most effective solutions for wild-cat conservation while lessening their greatest threats: poaching for trade; retaliatory and punitive killing from conflict with humans; unsustainable hunting of prey; and the loss of habitat.
Posted August 2014
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