The Snow Leopard: Ghost Cat of the Mountains

This is an important time for snow leopards (Panthera uncia). In August, representatives from all 12 snow leopard range countries will be meeting in Kyrgyzstan for the Global Snow Leopard Summit. The Snow Leopard Trust has started a petition to urge the leaders at this meeting to strengthen their commitments to save snow leopards, which … More The Snow Leopard: Ghost Cat of the Mountains

On Snow Leopard Mountain – Beautiful Video

I have just stumbled upon a fantastic video from BBC Earth Unplugged. It features Tsewang Norboo of Ulley Village in Ladakh, India, who gives us a rare glimpse into his world. He discusses the shifting attitudes among Ladakhis towards wild animals, shares stories about his encounters with them, and highlights the importance of wildlife for … More On Snow Leopard Mountain – Beautiful Video

Survey Finds Rare Himalayan Wildlife in Northern India

The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) has launched an impressive campaign to determine how many snow leopards (Panthera uncia) remain in the wild. As part of this effort, they teamed up with local partners to survey Kinnaur – a rugged landscape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The results were more than satisfying. The SLT, Nature … More Survey Finds Rare Himalayan Wildlife in Northern India

Update from Belize

Hello everyone, it is wonderful to be writing again. I just wanted to give you a quick update on how my travels are progressing. I have now been in Belize for over a month, and I have had many adventures during that time. I spent three weeks performing archaeological work in the jungle (the Rio … More Update from Belize

Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

The Snow Leopard Trust just announced that they have placed GPS collars on three new snow leopards in Mongolia’s Tost Nature Reserve. This represents the continuation of a long-term study into the behavior of the legendary snow leopard (Panthera uncia). The new snow leopards are the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd animals to be collared for this … More Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

Chasing Ghosts in the Mongolian Altai

Originally posted on Katey Duffey:
Mongolia’s Bayan-Ölgii province is an incredibly remote, but beautiful region of mostly untouched wilderness situated right on the borders of Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. It features rugged 3,000-4,000m (9,842-13,123m) snowcapped peaks, with glacier-fed lakes, rivers, and a large variety of wildlife that includes snow leopards, wolves, wolverines, and Siberian brown…

Environmental Group and Congressman sue Over Trump’s Border Wall

On April 12, 2017 the Center for Biological Diversity and Arizona Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva announced that they had sued the Trump administration over planned border security measures. This includes the proposed wall, road construction, increased human presence, heightened off-road vehicle use, and more. This is the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s intended border militarization efforts. … More Environmental Group and Congressman sue Over Trump’s Border Wall

Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

A few weeks ago, I released a post containing general information about pumas (mountain lions, cougars, Puma concolor, etc.). As I wrote, pumas are highly adaptable animals; even occupying landscapes that have been altered by humans. While they typically do not harm people or livestock, conflicts do occur (Kertson, Spencer, & Grue, 2013). Sport hunting … More Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts