Leopards are also Being Killed for the Traditional Asian Medicine Trade

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) just released a worrying article. Apparently leopards (Panthera pardus) are also being killed in large numbers to support the Traditional Asian Medicine trade. Big cats, especially tigers, have long been valued in Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM). The bones of such animals are believed to be able to cure practically everything, … More Leopards are also Being Killed for the Traditional Asian Medicine Trade

Yet Another Article Slams the Ecological Impacts of Trump’s Border Wall

Writer Stephen Leahy published an article on Motherboard last week titled, “Trump’s Border Wall Would Condemn US Jaguars to Extinction.” With this piece, Leahy joins the long list of authors decrying the environmental impacts of Trump’s disastrous plan. Leahy briefly goes over the history of jaguar conservation in the United States: starting with their extirpation … More Yet Another Article Slams the Ecological Impacts of Trump’s Border Wall

New Article Highlights Jaguar Corridor Initiative

Back in February of 2016, I released a post about the importance of landscape connectivity for tigers. Populations of large mammals that become isolated are vulnerable to local extinctions, as a result of: inbreeding, stochastic events (natural disasters and other unpredictable happenings), poaching, and more. This new article by Becky Ferreira highlights a crucial project … More New Article Highlights Jaguar Corridor Initiative

Crucial Survey of Global Snow Leopard Population Announced

I’m still engrossed in my thesis preparations, but I had to share this critical press release. The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) just announced that it is launching a multinational, multi-organization survey of the snow leopard’s (Panthera uncia) global population. This is a much needed study. In September of last year, the … More Crucial Survey of Global Snow Leopard Population Announced

Fourteen Latin American Countries Reaffirm Commitments to Jaguar Conservation

On March 1, while big cat supporters were preparing for World Wildlife Day, delegates from 14 Latin American countries met at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The objective of this Jaguar 2030 High-Level Forum was to strengthen jaguar (Panthera onca) conservation. As the declaration from the Forum states, jaguars have lost 50% of their … More Fourteen Latin American Countries Reaffirm Commitments to Jaguar Conservation

World Wildlife Day Spotlight: The Mountain Lion Foundation

Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day. Since 2013, the United Nations has set this day aside to celebrate Earth’s incredible biodiversity – and to call attention to the ongoing mass extinction (Ceballos, Ehrlich, & Dirzo, 2017). This year’s World Wildlife Day is all about big cats. As such, I have prepared a special post … More World Wildlife Day Spotlight: The Mountain Lion Foundation

Research Reveals Where Snow Leopards Hang Out

I am a little late on sharing this, but on January 28 the Snow Leopard Trust posted an update from their on-going snow leopard (Panthera uncia) research in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. It contains fascinating information about snow leopards’ daily habits. For this study, scientists put GPS collars on three snow leopards. These collars … More Research Reveals Where Snow Leopards Hang Out

New Update and Video from Conservation Geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt

In November of 2017, I published a Q&A post with Dr. Natalie Schmitt. Dr. Schmitt is a conservation geneticist who is developing a DNA field kit to help scientists study snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The paper kit can confirm whether or not a scat (poop) sample is from a snow leopard, dramatically reducing identification errors … More New Update and Video from Conservation Geneticist Dr. Natalie Schmitt