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

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

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

“Savage Jaguars:” New Paper Explores Portrayals of Jaguars in 20th Century Nature Writing

How we talk about wildlife matters. The words we use to describe a species can provide insight on how we feel about it – which in turn can reveal clues about how our cultures view such creatures. But it is not a one-way street: our words can also change how our societies conceptualize wildlife. A … More “Savage Jaguars:” New Paper Explores Portrayals of Jaguars in 20th Century Nature Writing

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