2016 Distinguished Explorer
Acclaimed Zoologist Known for his Work with Jaguars and other Big Cats to Receive 2016 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award
Alan Rabinowitz, sometimes called the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation,” has been selected to receive the 2016 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award.
Now CEO of Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, Dr. Rabinowitz has pursued twin passions with equal intensity for more than three decades: the study of large cats and the preservation of their natural habitats.
Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets.
The upcoming visit by Rabinowitz marks the first time the Society has honored a zoologist, the field of study likewise pursued by Andrews.
Rabinowitz has explored with an intrepid spirit akin to that of Andrews, having tracked predatory cats on three continents, survived the crash of a small plane, and negotiated with dictators in his pursuit of science and conservation.
He and Andrews have explored some of the same territory in Asia, a continent where Andrews racked up so many adventures that persistent rumors credit him with inspiring the adventurous spirit of Hollywood’s Indiana Jones character.