Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

The Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) is considered to be functionally extinct in Cambodia. These cats, which are thought to be the population from which all other tiger subspecies originated, were plentiful in Cambodia as recently as 1999 (Lynam & Nowell, 2011). But no Indochinese tigers have been seen in Cambodia since 2007. The Cambodian … More Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

New DNA Test Could be a Game Changer for Snow Leopards

There has been considerable drama surrounding snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation lately. In September, the snow leopard’s threat status was downgraded from Endangered to Vulnerable. This move sparked considerable controversy, mostly due to uncertainties surrounding the cat’s population status. Conservation geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt has devised a unique way to help address this problem. She … More New DNA Test Could be a Game Changer for Snow Leopards

Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear

A landmark study has just been released by scientists from the big cat conservation group Panthera. It describes repeat observations of relatively peaceful, social interactions between a supposedly solitary carnivore: the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, Florida panther, Puma concolor). The study, led by Dr. Mark Elbroch, took place in northwestern Wyoming. Elbroch and his … More Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear

Journey to Belize: Spider Monkeys, the Internet, and Duendes

This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize: participating in an archaeological field school and learning about jaguar conservation. To read the other entries in this series, click on the “Travel” category to the right. Spider Monkeys When I awoke on June 2, 2017, I was in a strange mood. I had … More Journey to Belize: Spider Monkeys, the Internet, and Duendes

The Five Most Endangered Cat Species

The environmental news network Mongabay recently published a list of the five most endangered wild cat species. They are: The tiger (Panthera tigris): 2,154-3,159 mature individuals in the wild The flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps): 2,499 mature individuals in the wild The Bornean bay cat (Catopuma bardia): 2,200 mature individuals in the wild The Andean cat … More The Five Most Endangered Cat Species

What the Snow Leopard’s new Threat Status, and the Controversy Surrounding it, Mean

This has been a crazy week for snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation. Seven days ago, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reclassified snow leopards from Endangered to Vulnerable. This has produced strong reactions – and not all of them have been positive. Among other services, the IUCN manages the Red List: the most … More What the Snow Leopard’s new Threat Status, and the Controversy Surrounding it, Mean

New Video Released of a Wild Jaguar in the United States

I have exciting news to share! The Center for Biological Diversity just released a new video of a wild jaguar (Panthera onca) in the United States. Many people are not aware that jaguars are native to the US. Their range once included parts of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas, Louisiana, and possibly more (Alanen, 2015; … More New Video Released of a Wild Jaguar in the United States

Journey to Belize: Granite, Talks, and Doubt

This post continues the retelling of my recent time in Belize: participating in archaeological excavations on Mayan ruins and learning about jaguar conservation. Entering “Belize” in the search bar to the right will reveal the rest of the entries in this series. On Wednesday, May 31, I continued excavating at Structure 130. But before the Humboldt State crew and … More Journey to Belize: Granite, Talks, and Doubt