A critical meeting is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Delegates and heads of state from all twelve snow leopard (Panthera uncia) range countries are coming together for the Global Snow Leopard Summit, where they will be discussing the fate of this mythic cat. These world leaders will be meeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and … More World Leaders to Discuss the Fate of Snow Leopards on August 24
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!
This Thursday, August 10, is World Lion Day. Similar to the recent Global Tiger Day, this day has been set aside to generate support for lion conservation. Two years ago, the killing of Cecil the Lion brought Panthera leo (lions’ scientific name) into the limelight. Thousands of people became aware that lion numbers had dropped from … More New Ally Added: Let Lions Live
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!
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
Today, July 29, is Global Tiger Day! This is a day that is set aside to celebrate the majesty and beauty of tigers, and to generate support for their conservation. This is important, because tigers need our help. They are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and only 3,900 of them are estimated … More Happy Global Tiger Day!
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
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
When I started this blog I had intended to make it primarily about jaguars. But like so many others, I could not help but be enthralled by snow leopards (Panthera uncia). They are magnificent creatures: perfectly adapted to life in the tallest mountains on Earth. They are also endangered. Snow leopards naturally live at low … More Add Your Voice to #SaveSnowLeopards Now
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