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

Despite Controversy, Snow Leopards Might Lose Endangered Status

A lot has happened regarding snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in the past two months. Genetic analyses revealed that there are three subspecies of snow leopards, and world leaders recently met to strengthen their efforts to protect this enigmatic cat. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is considering downgrading the snow leopard’s threat status … More Despite Controversy, Snow Leopards Might Lose Endangered Status

The Global Community Speaks Up for Snow Leopards

The Global Snow Leopard Summit is taking place right now in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This is a forum in which representatives from all twelve snow leopard range countries are discussing the fate of this enigmatic cat. In July, the Snow Leopard Trust and other conservation NGOs launched a petition that was designed to urge these leaders … More The Global Community Speaks Up for Snow Leopards

Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard

Clouded leopards are some of the most elusive and understudied cats on the planet. They comprise two species: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) and the Indochinese clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). The latter felid (cat) inhabits portions of mainland Southeast Asia, China, and the Himalayan foothills – whereas the former is restricted to parts of … More Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard

New Study Released About the Human Dimensions of Jaguar and Puma Conservation

A new study has recently been completed by Monica Engel, Jerry Vaske, Alistair Bath, and Silvio Marchini. It describes research conducted in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, one of the most threatened forest ecosystems in the world, and it examined the relationship between two important factors: attitudes towards jaguars and pumas and the acceptability of killing … More New Study Released About the Human Dimensions of Jaguar and Puma Conservation

Happy World Lion Day!

Today, August 10, is World Lion Day. It has been set aside to help garner support for one of the most majestic animals on Earth: the lion (Panthera leo). This cat’s cultural significance is almost unmatched. Lion imagery pervades the historic and modern world, and it is often referred to as “the king of beasts.” … More Happy World Lion Day!

Thanks for Supporting Tigers on Global Tiger Day!

Yesterday I received an email from Panthera: the NGO that is dedicated to conserving the world’s wild cat species. They were running an important fundraiser for Global Tiger Day (July 29), in which they were trying to raise $25,000. This money would help support Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, which has begun to lead to tiger … More Thanks for Supporting Tigers on Global Tiger Day!

Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard

A new study has been released in the Journal of Heredity. Using samples of snow leopard scat (poop) from across the cat’s range, a team of 26 scientists performed genetic analysis to better understand the species’ population structure. They determined that there are three distinct subspecies of snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The possibility of the existence … More Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard

Global Tiger Day is this Saturday, July 29

This Saturday, July 29, is Global Tiger Day. Tigers (Panthera tigris) are not doing well. There are only about 3,900 of them left in the wild, and they have lost 96% of their historic range (Panthera, 2015d). The primary threats to tigers are habitat loss/fragmentation, livestock-related conflicts, and rampant poaching for the traditional Asian medicine … More Global Tiger Day is this Saturday, July 29