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Panthera leader, Alan Rabinowitz, featured on CNN

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, President and CEO of Panthera, talked about how animals saved his life in a recent feature on CNN's Human Factor.

Panthera is a conservation organization devoted to wild cats, seeking "a future in which the world's 37 wild cat species have the necessary and ongoing protection from human and environmental threats," according to the group's website.

In his first-person account on CNN, Dr. Rabinowitz explains that, as a child, he suffered a debilitating stutter and unable to speak, he sought the company of animals.

"Animals saved me. They were the only things I could talk to as a child. They listened and didn’t judge. But they too had no voice," writes Dr. Rabinowitz.

Rabinowitz received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Tennessee and traveled around the world as a zoologist before co-founding Panthera and serving as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society, according to Panthera. Time Magazine called him "The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation" in 2008.
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