The Presence of Tigers Near Villages can Reduce Crop and Livestock Losses

A groundbreaking study was just released in the journal Biological Conservation. Written by Thinley et al. (2018), it deals with the ecosystem services provided by tigers (Panthera tigris) to villagers in Bhutan. The authors found strong evidence that the presence of tigers near villages can limit both crop and livestock losses. At its core, this … More The Presence of Tigers Near Villages can Reduce Crop and Livestock Losses

The Demand for Jaguar Teeth in China Continues to Imperil Bolivia’s Jaguars

I have previously shared two stories about the increased jaguar (Panthera onca) poaching that is occurring in Bolivia as a result of the demand for jaguar parts in China. The most recent of these articles, released in February of 2016, claimed that one man was arrested before shipping 105 jaguar teeth to China – the … More The Demand for Jaguar Teeth in China Continues to Imperil Bolivia’s Jaguars

People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst

A little while ago, I had the distinct privilege of being able to sit down with Dr. Aletris Neils. Dr. Neils is the Executive Director of Conservation CATalyst, the big cat conservation group behind the groundbreaking video of El Jefe that became a media sensation in February, 2016. They were also featured in an article … More People and Caracals in Namibia: Interview with Dr. Aletris Neils of Conservation CATalyst

Behavioral Sciences Receive Major Push at WWF and Nat Geo’s Fuller Symposium

Since I started following big cat conservation over three years ago, I have seen many calls for biological and social scientists to work together. Nearly all environmental problems stem from human behavior, so getting people to act differently has to be a major part of wildlife conservation. On December 4, 2017, leading professionals came together … More Behavioral Sciences Receive Major Push at WWF and Nat Geo’s Fuller Symposium

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

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

Instagram is Raising Awareness about Abusive Wildlife Selfies

Wildlife selfies can be seriously problematic. In October, National Geographic published an investigative article on the trend of “selfie safaris,” in which tourists pay money to take pictures of themselves interacting with wild animals. This practice fuels animal abuse and threats to wild animal populations. In light of reports from National Geographic and other organizations, … More Instagram is Raising Awareness about Abusive Wildlife Selfies