Great New Podcast about Snow Leopards and Climate Change

An excellent podcast was released by America Adapts on January 8. It concerns the ways climate change is impacting snow leopard (Panthera uncia) conservation, and it is full of useful information. Hosted by Doug Parsons, America Adapts is a podcast about climate change adaptation. For this episode, Doug interviewed eight experts on snow leopard conservation … More Great New Podcast about Snow Leopards and Climate Change

Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

How the media talks about animals matters. Most people do not have regular encounters with creatures like leopards (Panthera pardus), and they are not trained in wildlife biology. The media can thus be a powerful tool for disseminating knowledge about endangered animals. Unfortunately, as a new study reveals, this is a double-edged sword. The article, … More Study Raises Concerns About Leopard Portrayals in the Media

United Nations Removes Support for Asiatic Cheetah Conservation

A worrying article was published by The Guardian a few days ago. Robin McKie wrote that the United Nations had removed its support for Asiatic Cheetah conservation, potentially dooming the species to extinction. There may be fewer than 50 Asiatic cheetahs remaining in the wild. This subspecies, Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, is slightly different than African cheetahs. … More United Nations Removes Support for Asiatic Cheetah Conservation

Alan Rabinowitz and Steve Winter to Discuss Jaguars Live on 12/19

There is an exciting event coming up that you will not want to miss. On Tuesday, December 19, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Steve Winter will be talking about jaguars on Facebook Live. The discussion will take place at 12:30 pm EST. Dr. Rabinowitz is one of the world’s foremost experts on jaguars. He was one … More Alan Rabinowitz and Steve Winter to Discuss Jaguars Live on 12/19

The Forgotten Lions of West Africa

On Thursday, December 7, National Geographic released an important story about the forgotten lions of West Africa. Written by journalist and conservationist Micheal Schwartz, it is an informative article about a population of lions that desperately needs more attention. Schwartz starts by outlining why lions are faring more poorly in West Africa than they are … More The Forgotten Lions of West Africa

Great New Article about Borderlands Jaguars

An excellent article was recently published on azcentral.com. The story, written by Brandon Loomis, concerns many aspects of jaguar conservation in the US – Mexico borderlands. But its central message is clear: building a border wall impervious to human movement would all but guarantee the extinction of jaguars in the United States. As I have … More Great New Article about Borderlands Jaguars

Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

The Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) is considered to be functionally extinct in Cambodia. These cats, which are thought to be the population from which all other tiger subspecies originated, were plentiful in Cambodia as recently as 1999 (Lynam & Nowell, 2011). But no Indochinese tigers have been seen in Cambodia since 2007. The Cambodian … More Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

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