SHANIA TWAIN RAISES HER VOICE FOR WILD LEOPARDS
Former CMA Entertainer of the Year Shania Twain showed the world how much she admired leopard patterns in her video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Now she goes beyond the look to champion the big cats themselves as spokesperson for Project Pardus, a new international campaign to save the wild leopard, a.k.a. Panthera pardus.
“The image and spirit of the leopard is an inspiration to millions around the world, including myself,” said Twain. “That it is also the most oppressed of the big cats is almost unknown. If we’re to save this animal in the wild, we have to get ahead of the curve before it suffers the same fate as so many other species that we once felt to be secure in their numbers. I feel privileged to give back to a creature that depends for its future on what we do now to save it, and I urge the wider world to join Panthera and me in this mission.”
“The leopard is an amazingly versatile cat, able to live in habitats ranging from tropical rainforests to the Kalahari Desert,” said Dr. Luke Hunter, President, Panthera. “However, that adaptability has meant the species has been largely ignored by conservationists. We are delighted and honored that Shania will help put the leopard onto the conservation radar. With her help, the leopard will receive the urgent attention it needs.”