Alan Rabinowitz overcame a debilitating stutter to speak on behalf of big cats. After creating the world’s first jaguar sanctuary and world’s largest tiger reserve, the wildlife biologist says we need new models of conservation, like wildlife corridors, which allow humans and animals to coexist more peacefully.
Alan Rabinowitz, president and CEO of Panthera, is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been heralded as “The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation” by The New York Times (see article).
He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country’s largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region’s first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country’s first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world’s largest tiger reserve.
His most recent endeavors include creating and securing biological and genetic corridors for jaguars across their entire range, from Mexico to Argentina, and for tigers in the Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.
He has has authored over one hundred scientific and popular articles and many books, including: