Panthera, the conservation NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to the protection of all the world’s wild cat species, has just released a shocking statement. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, one of the world’s most influential conservationists, has passed away.
Dr. Rabinowitz was an extraordinary figure. He was a tireless champion for jaguars, tigers, natural spaces, and the people who lived among them. He was also an engaging speaker and superb writer, and he used his skills to act as a voice for big cats.
Dr. Rabinowitz’s incredible book An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar is what first made me realize how awesome jaguars are, and has served as a major source of inspiration for me ever since.
I really do not know what to say. Panthera’s statement indicated that Dr. Rabinowitz has been battling cancer, and I am assuming that is the cause of his death. Regardless, this is a sad day for the world: both for wild animals and for the fellow human beings that Dr. Rabinowitz always treated with respect and compassion.