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Leading expert on big cats to speak at Squam Lakes meeting



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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TIGERS and big cats? The public is invited to attend the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's annual meeting and Summer Celebration on Aug. 9, when world-renowned big cat expert Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will speak and sign copies of his new book. Tickets to this fundraising special event are $75. (Courtesy photo by Nick Garbutt) (click for larger version)
July 17, 2014
HOLDERNESS — One of the world's leading experts on big cats, especially tigers and jaguars, will be the guest keynote speaker during the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's annual meeting next month.

The center announced that Dr. Alan Rabinowitz will speak at the center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration on Aug. 9 following the brief annual business meeting. The Summer Celebration begins at 6 p.m. with cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction. Dr. Rabinowitz' presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the gala Summer Celebration are $75 and proceeds support both the Science Center and Panthera.

Described as "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation" Rabinowitz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the New York City-based nonprofit, Panthera, an organization devoted to saving the world's wild cat species. Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years. He has authored more than 100 scientific and popular articles and six books. His most recent book, "Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar," will be released in September.

He has been profiled in print and broadcast media including The New York Times, Scientific American, Outside, Men's Journal, Newsweek and National Geographic Adventure magazines, The Colbert Report, and NPR Moth Radio Hour. He is also featured in a soon-to-be-released film by acclaimed documentarian and Holderness resident, George Butler. The film, "Tiger, Tiger," was filmed in India and will be released in spring 2015.

Rabinowitz is the subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, "In Search of the Jaguar," and will be featured in the upcoming BBC special, "Lost Land of the Tiger," filmed in Bhutan in 2010, according to the Science Center.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod said the upcoming event will mark Dr. Rabinowitz' first visit to New Hampshire. He credits renowned filmmaker and documentarian George Butler, who owns a home in Holderness and who once served on the Science Center's board of directors, with orchestrating the event.

"George has a home in New Hampshire, just down the road, so he's a neighbor and a good friend," said MacLeod, adding he is thrilled to have an acclaimed expert as the guest speaker.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Rabinowitz as our keynote this year. His pioneering work on behalf of our planet's most vulnerable predators is inspiring and his impact and legacy outstanding." Rabinowitz' focus on big cats is based on conserving top predators that affect entire ecosystems. One of his major accomplishments 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, according to the center.

Dr. Rabinowitz also launched Panthera's Tiger Corridor Initiative, an effort to identify and protect the world's last remaining large, interconnected tiger landscapes, with a focus on the remote Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.

MacLeod and the center's staff are getting the word out that one need not be a member of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to attend the upcoming meeting, Summer Celebration gala and Dr. Rabinowitz' presentation.

During the Summer Celebration, the center will host a separate program for children 12 and under for $10 per child; activities include crafts, stories, and food.

Reserve tickets online at www.nhnature.org/programs/gala.php or call 603-968-7194, option 7.

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