May 19, 2019 is Endangered Species Day.
NEWS PROVIDED BY IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
WESTBROOK, Maine, April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX), a global leader in veterinary diagnostics and software, today announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Ayers, and his wife, Helaine, have established a foundation that will support conservation of the estimated 40 species of felids in the wild. The Ayers Wild Cat Conservation Trust is endowed by a gift of IDEXX stock from the Ayers family. The foundation will focus on supporting the funding of global wild cat species conservation initiatives and organizations.
“We lionize cats such as jaguars, leopards, and cheetahs in popular culture—and yet felid species in the wild are threatened with declining populations and, in time, extinction. We need to do more to preserve their populations in their natural habitat,” said Ayers. “Helaine and I believe in the importance of dedicated species conservation efforts, and we hope that our foundation will help to support the vitality of wild cats, their natural habitats, and the professionals dedicated to them in a meaningful way for years to come.”
While the foundation’s purpose is to support conservation initiatives for all species of wild cats, a specific focus will be on the 33 species of small cats, which currently receive only a small fraction of all wild cat conservation funding. Many of these felid species are endangered or vulnerable with declining populations, and include the clouded leopard, the black-footed cat, the sand cat, and the fishing cat.
The foundation will fund initiatives such as the Panthera Small Cats Program, which the Ayers family has helped to establish. Panthera is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. The first foundation grants are expected to be made this year.
The foundation’s initial endowment has been established using IDEXX stock that Ayers purchased on the open market in 2002 and 2003. The foundation has no formal affiliation with IDEXX Laboratories.
SOURCE IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
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Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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