Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Galleries open 5:00 pm. Lecture at 6:30 pm. RSVP email@example.com.
Luke Hunter is the President and Chief Conservation Officer of Panthera.
At Panthera, Dr. Hunter oversees the organization’s field programs around the world and supervises the scientific priorities of Panthera’s critical conservation work. His current projects include the longest running ecological studies on African leopards, reducing human-lion conflict in Africa, and working with the Iranian Department of Environment to conserve Asiatic cheetahs and leopards. He has contributed to over 140 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written seven books including Cheetah (2003), Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (2006) and Field Guide to Carnivores of the World (2011) which has been translated into Chinese, French and German editions. His latest book, Wild Cats of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
Before joining Panthera, Hunter worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society as the head of their Great Cats Program and he taught wildlife ecology at universities in Australia and South Africa. He has worked on the ecology and conservation of carnivores for more than two decades, starting with his doctoral and post-doctoral work on re-establishing populations of lions and cheetahs in areas where they had been wiped out by people in South Africa. That research helped develop protocols which now act as the standard for large cat restoration, and have resulted in over 45 new populations of wild lions across Southern Africa.
Watercolor and gouache, 50 × 65 cm
Photo Studio des Fleurs © Hermès, 2015