Can Fake Furs Help Protect Leopards?

Leopard furs are a crucial element of traditional dress during the Shembe Festival, an annual gathering of members of the Shembe religion in South Africa. Tristan Dickerson, of big cat conservation organization Panthera, discusses how introducing fake leopard furs to traditions like Shembe might help preserve populations for leopards, which have been classified as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, without impacting local communities.

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