Westminster, MD (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
World-renowned wildlife conservationist and one of the world's leading big cat experts, Alan Rabinowitz, a 1974 alumnus, will speak at McDaniel College's 144th Commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2 p.m., in the college's Gill Center.
Rabinowitz has been dubbed "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation" by Time magazine. He is the CEO of Panthera, a global organization devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world's 37 wild cat species and their ecosystems.
The author of over 100 scientific and popular articles, as well as six books, his newest children's book, "A Boy and a Jaguar," is set to be released May 6.
He has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, among others, and was interviewed by Stephen Colbert in 2008 on The Colbert Report. The subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, “In Search of the Jaguar,” he was also featured in the BBC special “Lost Land of the Tiger” filmed in Bhutan in 2010.
Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to surveying the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats and securing homes, on a large scale, for some of the world’s most endangered mammals. His focus on cats is based on conserving top predators, which affect entire ecosystems. By saving cats, the impacts are far reaching and conserve vast landscapes upon which many species depend, including humans.
One of Rabinowitz's greatest achievements 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. Rabinowitz also initiated Panthera's Tiger Corridor Initiative, an effort to identify and protect the world's last remaining large interconnected tiger landscapes, with a primary focus on the remote and rugged Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.
In addition, he grew up with uncontrollable stuttering and serves as a spokesperson for the Stuttering Foundation of America.
Rabinowitz is a 1974 summa cum laude graduate in biology and chemistry. He went on to earn his master's degree in zoology in 1978 and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology in 1981 from the University of Tennessee.
McDaniel College, recognized nationally among “40 Colleges that Change Lives” and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.