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Members' Dinner w/ Dr. Luke Hunter

The Leopard in Africa: Conserving the World’s Most Persecuted Big Cat

The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia. Unsustainable legal trophy-hunting and illegal killing by people are among the leading threats that make the leopard the most hunted big cat on earth.

In this presentation, Panthera’s President Luke Hunter will focus on solutions that address the conservation challenges facing the leopard; solutions ranging from how Panthera uses rigorous science to understand and control the worst excesses of trophy hunting, to cooperating with followers of the ‘Shembe’ religion in southern Africa to address their exploding - and unsustainable - practice of wearing leopard skin capes. Saving the leopard requires a combination of ingenious science, negotiating out-dated conservation policies, and working with very disparate and controversial stakeholder communities - a unique challenge for a unique cat.

Dinner will feature a range of items from traditional South African cuisine, including Durban samosas, grilled shrimp with piri piri, and roasted beef tenderloin.

Date: 10/17/13

Time: 6:00 Reception, 7:00 Dinner, 8:00 Presentation

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:

Dinners are open to Members and their guests.
Non-members are welcome to attend as nominal guests of Daryl Hawk MN’98, organizing chair of The Explorers Club Members Dinners.
To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Club at 212-628-8383.

Cancellation/”No Show” Policy:

* If a reservation is canceled after Monday, October 14th there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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