The Presence of Tigers Near Villages can Reduce Crop and Livestock Losses

A groundbreaking study was just released in the journal Biological Conservation. Written by Thinley et al. (2018), it deals with the ecosystem services provided by tigers (Panthera tigris) to villagers in Bhutan. The authors found strong evidence that the presence of tigers near villages can limit both crop and livestock losses. At its core, this … More The Presence of Tigers Near Villages can Reduce Crop and Livestock Losses

The Top 5 Mistakes Visitors Make While on Safari

For the past few weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of following Sam Hankss: a London-born safari guide living and working in Africa. Sam writes about his life and adventures on his blog, The Life of a Safari Guide, where he also shares his incredible photography. Sam’s blog has quickly become one of my … More The Top 5 Mistakes Visitors Make While on Safari

The Demand for Jaguar Teeth in China Continues to Imperil Bolivia’s Jaguars

I have previously shared two stories about the increased jaguar (Panthera onca) poaching that is occurring in Bolivia as a result of the demand for jaguar parts in China. The most recent of these articles, released in February of 2016, claimed that one man was arrested before shipping 105 jaguar teeth to China – the … More The Demand for Jaguar Teeth in China Continues to Imperil Bolivia’s Jaguars

People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst

A little while ago, I had the distinct privilege of being able to sit down with Dr. Aletris Neils. Dr. Neils is the Executive Director of Conservation CATalyst, the big cat conservation group behind the groundbreaking video of El Jefe that became a media sensation in February, 2016. They were also featured in an article … More People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst

Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

A recent blog post by Dr. Mark Elbroch of Panthera’s Puma Program brings up an important issue. As Dr. Elbroch states, there is an old and pervasive belief that large predators compete with human hunters for antlered deer and elk. This is one of the many factors that has led to the persecution of animals like … More Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

Great New Podcast about Snow Leopards and Climate Change

An excellent podcast was released by America Adapts on January 8. It concerns the ways climate change is impacting snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation, and it is full of useful information. Hosted by Doug Parsons, America Adapts is a podcast about climate change adaptation. For this episode, Doug interviewed eight experts on snow leopard conservation … More Great New Podcast about Snow Leopards and Climate Change

Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

How the media talks about animals matters. Most people do not have regular encounters with creatures like leopards (Panthera pardus), and they are not trained in wildlife biology. The media can thus be a powerful tool for disseminating knowledge about endangered animals. Unfortunately, as a new study reveals, this is a double-edged sword. The article, … More Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

United Nations Removes Support for Asiatic Cheetah Conservation

A worrying article was published by The Guardian a few days ago. Robin McKie wrote that the United Nations had removed its support for Asiatic Cheetah conservation, potentially dooming the species to extinction. There may be fewer than 50 Asiatic cheetahs remaining in the wild. This subspecies, Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, is slightly different than African cheetahs. … More United Nations Removes Support for Asiatic Cheetah Conservation