Monday, 13 July 2015

Big cat conservation benefits greatly from sale of Spitfire

A restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire plane belonging to the family of Panthera’s Founder and Chairman Dr Thomas S Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan was sold through Christie’s London to benefit Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The famous aeroplane was purchased through Christie’s The Exceptional Sale by a private buyer for $4,784,010 (equivalent to £3,106,500 or €4,302,503) – setting a new world record at auction for any Spitfire.

A significant amount from the Spitfire sale will now be donated to Panthera, a charity founded by Dr Kaplan and Daphne in 2006 to change the course of cat conservation by converting scientific data into conservation solutions.

These are designed to mitigate the most pressing threats facing big cats, including poaching, retaliatory killing for livestock predation, habitat loss and fragmentation and overhunting of prey by local people.

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