This is a special post, and one that I’m excited to share. It’s a Q&A with Dr. Shari Wilcox: Texas Representative at Defenders of Wildlife, and an expert on wild felid (cat) conservation in the United States-Mexico borderlands. Our conversation focuses on a species of cat called the ocelot.
Often, the persecution of predators like jaguars (Panthera onca) is blamed – at least in part – on livestock depredation: jaguars kill cattle, and hence people kill jaguars. But what happens when there are no cattle? In areas where human communities do not rely on livestock for their livelihoods, would they be more tolerant of jaguars? That is the question that Jillian Knox and her co-authors set out to answer.
I have just read a study that was published last year in PLOS ONE. It examined the effects of road development on jaguar conservation in Ecuador, and found, not surprisingly, that more roads equal fewer jaguars.
For almost two years, eight cheetah conservationists have been detained in Iran, accused of spying. The researchers have been sentenced, and it is not good.
Here’s a cool post from Panthera, an international wild-cat conservation organization. Apparently, November is the Month of the Jaguar/El Mes Del Jaguar.
Many people have heard about the devastating fires in the Brazilian Amazon. Unfortunately, neighboring Bolivia has also suffered from heightened fire activity this summer, as has the Brazilian Pantanal: the…
Researchers A. M. Lemieux and Nicholas Bruschi recently published an insightful paper about one of the illicit products being sold for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine: jaguar paste. They constructed “crime scripts” to determine how this substance is produced and traded, and to provide informed suggestions on how to curtail this alarming practice.
Here’s a disturbing story from National Geographic about a planned road that would slice through Florida panther habitat.