Commitment Unites Donors from China, India, the United Arab Emiratesand the United States to Collectively Provide $80 Million in Cornerstone Funding for Panthera's $200 Million Initiative for Wild Cats

June 3, Mumbai —Environmental philanthropists from China, India,the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Stateshaveagreed to provide funding of $80Million to change the course of wild cat protection throughPanthera, the organization dedicated to ensuring the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and conservation action. The announcement of this unique global alliancewas made at a private ceremony in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

The guaranteed, 10-year commitment to cat conservation, an undertaking unprecedentedin its scale and scope, will fund the most effective solutions for conserving big catsso as to reduce poaching for local and international trade; retaliatory killing of large cats due to human-animal conflict; unsustainable hunting of prey; and the loss and fragmentation of habitat. As the animals at the top of the food chain, these 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.

“The Wildlife Conservation Trust is delighted to joinPanthera's Global Alliance, an unparalleled example of environmental collaboration,” said Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Founder and Chairman of Wildlife Conservation Trust and Chairman of DSP Blackrock India. “Having led by example in tiger conservation in India, it is heartening for the Wildlife Conservation Trust to be part of a truly unique international coalition that shares both our passion and commitment to the big cats—along with the determination to save them” he added.

The founding members of the global alliance are:

- Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Founder & Chairman Wildlife Conservation Trust and Chairman of DSP Blackrock India,
- Dr. Thomas Kaplan and Mrs. Daphne Recanati Kaplan, Panthera’s Founders,
- H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,
- Mr. Jho Low, CEO of Jynwel Capital and Director of Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited, Hong Kong

“The Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mumbai, works closely with the forest staff of 90 national parks and sanctuaries spread across 17 states of India to conserve several endangered species in addition to safeguarding India’s threatened wildernesses. By joining Panthera's Global Alliance to conserve wild cats, WCT is attempting to attract the attention of committed international agencies to the plight and conservation needs of Indian wild cats and their habitats” said Dr. AnishAndheria, President and Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Trust.

“We are thrilled to welcome these impressive individuals to our team. With this new and broad support, Panthera’s vision of regional and institutional partnerships has only just begun,” said Panthera Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. “Our alliance is open to all, and we’re calling on people from every corner of the world to join our coalition at a time when it is still possible to ensure the long-term future of these animals and their ecosystems for generations to come.”

The multi-year pledgescatalyzethe plan to help conserve wild cats, with a core focus on tigers, lions, snow leopards, leopards, clouded leopards, jaguars, cougars and cheetahs. While the roadmap for conserving wild cats of the world is being carefully carved out, solutions that will be funded in India as a result of this commitment include:

- Protecting and stabilizing tiger and Asiatic lion populations
- Creating community-based conservation projects for safeguarding large catswith a focus on improving the quality of primary education, improving livelihood opportunity and health facilities for communities living in and around protected areas.
- Reducing killing and poaching of all large cats
- Protecting corridors that connect large cat populations

For more information on Wildlife Conservation Trust, visit

About Wildlife Conservation Trust
The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), a charitable trust registered in Mumbai, India, works towards the conservation of tigers, Asiatic lions, leopards, Asian elephants and other endangered species, in addition to protecting India’s threatened wildernesses. The organisation works closely with 90 national parks and sanctuaries spread across 17 states and in a short span of time has become one of the biggest proponents of conservation action outside of the government in India. Visit

About Panthera
Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats — tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, cougars and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe. Visit

About Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established in 2009 to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives; recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. The Fund’s reach in species conservation is global, and its species interest is non-discriminatory. To date the Fund supported nearly 1,100 projects in more than 140 countries. Visit

About Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited
Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited (Jynwel Foundation) was created as the philanthropic arm of Jynwel Capital Limited (Jynwel Capital), an investment and advisory firm. Jynwel Foundation is built on Jynwel Capital and the Low Family’s shared heritage and vision for investing in society. As such, Jynwel Foundation seeks to fund breakthrough programs that are working to solve the toughest problems in global health, education, and conservation. Visit

Additional Quote from Mr. Hemendra Kothari
India harbours more than 50 per cent of all wild tigers on the planet. However, this magnificent animal and its forests are under severe threat from poaching, habitat degradation and fragmentation. The Wildlife Conservation Trust is trying its best to conserve the last remaining forests of India in close coordination with the forest department and credible NGOs, and is happy to be one of the Founding members of the first of its kind ‘Global Alliance To Save Wild Cats’ that also includes leading philanthropists from China, United Arab Emirates and United States. At the outset, the Global Alliance proudly commits USD 80 million over the next ten years and hopes to encourage contributions from other philanthropists and organisations across the world with the aim to support the most effective ways to a) tackle poaching of large cats and their prey; b) mitigate human-animal conflict and c) strengthen wildlife corridors” said Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Founder and Chairman of Wildlife Conservation Trust, on the eve of signing the Global Alliance document at Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Hemendra Kothari, Founder & Chairman of Wildlife Conservation Trust - Mr. Kothari is Founder, Chairman and Trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation (HKF) and the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT). Mr. Kothari represents the fourth generation of a family of prominent stockbrokers and was ex-President of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Founded, DSP Financial Consultants Limited, which later became DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd., where he served as Chairman till his retirement in 2009. With over 40 years of working experience in the financial services industry, he currently serves as Chairman of DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd. He is a Director on the board of several leading industrial companies and is associated with leading business forum, including the Confederation of Indian Industry. Mr. Kothari is a Member of the Rajasthan and Maharashtra State Boards for Wildlife, statutory bodies chaired by Chief Minister of the state. His major involvements today center around wildlife conservation, education, health care, environment, art, culture, heritage and sports.
Dr.AnishAndheria, President & Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation Trust - Dr.Andheria is the President and Executive Director of WCT. He has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award 2008. He is a Fellow of LEAD-India and has helped set up Kids for Tigers, a nation-wide conservation education program. After completing his Ph.D. from Institute of Chemical Technology, he went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. He is a large carnivore specialist with field knowledge on predator-prey relationships. He is a Member of the Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Tiger Conservation Foundation of Madhya Pradesh. A wildlife photographer of repute, he has photographed some of the most remote wildlife reserves of India. He has co-authored two books on Indian wildlife and is a Trustee of 'The Climate Reality Project, India'. A natural communicator, he is has introduced thousands of people to the joys of nature and the rationale for nature conservation.
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