Wire snares made from barbed wire, tension cables, or bicycle brake wire, can cost less than one dollar to make, but they are deadly for big cats.
In 2012, Panthera began a ‘Remove a Snare’ campaign to raise $50,000 to protect the world’s wild cats from the threat of deadly snares. Every dollar raised will go to the field to support anti-poaching patrols to remove and prevent the setting of snares.
Whether set by local people hunting for food, or by highly organized and sophisticated poachers, snares are used across Asia and Africa to hunt wildlife because they are cheap, silent, and effective. They either kill animals immediately; more often, a snared animal dies a long, drawn-out painful death due to infection or starvation. Snares do not discriminate. Anything walking through their path can easily become a victim.
These victims are often tigers, lions, and leopards. Even if it’s not cats being snared, it’s their prey – antelope, deer, and wild boar are often the prime target of wire snares. In some areas, snaring is so widespread that wild prey populations have been completely decimated, creating ‘empty forests’ and leaving cats, and humans, with nothing to eat. In a particularly vicious cycle, cats attracted to snared prey are, in turn, caught and killed.
Panthera is working across Africa and Asia to help remove snares, and to prevent them from being set in the first place. We are doing this in partnership with local governments and park guards, who are the foot soldiers on the ground, patrolling protected areas and removing and preventing threats, such as snares, to big cats.
Help us make a direct impact on the ground. Remove a snare. Save a life.
We're thrilled to share that Panthera surpassed our $50,000 'Remove a Snare' campaign fundraising goal to protect wild cats around the world from poachers' snares! Thanks to a generous donor, nearly 50% of this goal was matched dollar for dollar, bringing the total amount raised to $58,000! On behalf of the wild cats of the world, we thank you for your incredible support of this campaign.
While our $50,000 goal has been achieved, you can still support the campaign:
Donate to Panthera’s Remove a Snare campaign and sign our petition to help us gather 5,000 signatures to oppose snares in the wild.
• $50 provides patrols with wire cutters used to remove snares
• $250 supports the salary of a snare patrol member for 1 month
• $500 provides a 1 month supply of medicine to treat snare victims
• $1,000 provides fuel for 4x4 vehicles and motorcycles used by snare patrols to cover rugged terrain for 1 month
• $2,000 provides equipment for an entire snare patrol team for one month, including fuel for patrol vehicles, food, flashlights, waterproof boots, snakebite kits, medicine to treat snare victims and more.
Learn more about Panthera’s ‘Remove a Snare’ campaign.