Jaguars have captured the imagination of humans since ancient times, but face extinction in the modern day. Alan Rabinowitz, dubbed the "Indiana Jones of wildlife protection" by Time magazine, has spent years seeking out these mysterious animals in order to protect them.
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world's leading big cat experts, and has been called 'The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation' by TIME Magazine. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1981 with an M.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world's wild cat species. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization's Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.
Dr. Rabinowitz 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 in the Hukaung Valley. In northern Myanmar, Dr. Rabinowitz also discovered a new large mammal species and the world's most primitive deer, the leaf deer.
Dr. Rabinowitz has authored over one hundred scientific and popular articles and six books, including Jaguar: One Man's Struggle to Establish the First Jaguar Preserve (1986/ 2000), Chasing the Dragon's Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand's Wild Cats (1991/ 2002), Beyond the Last Village: A Journey of Discovery in Asia's Forbidden Wilderness (2001), and, most recently, Life in the Valley of Death: The Fight to Save Tigers in a Land of Guns, Gold, and Greed (2008). He has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon, Men's Journal, Newsweek, Outside, Explorer, The Jerusalem Report, The Weather Channel, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is the subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, "In Search of the Jaguar" and was featured in the BBC special "Lost Land of the Tiger" filmed in Bhutan in 2010.
Dr. Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to surveying the world's last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats and securing homes, on a large scale, for some of the world's most endangered mammals. His focus on cats is based on conserving top predators, which affect entire ecosystems. By saving cats, the impacts are far reaching and conserve vast landscapes upon which many species depend, including humans. One of Dr. Rabinowitz's greatest achievements was the conceptualization and implementation of the Jaguar Corridor - a series of biological and genetic corridors for jaguars across their entire range from Mexico to Argentina. Dr. Rabinowitz also initiated Panthera's Tiger Corridor Initiative, an effort to identify and protect the world's last remaining large interconnected tiger landscapes, with a primary focus on the remote and rugged Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.