Journey to Belize: A Talk and a Usurper

This post continues the retelling of my recent time in Belize: participating in an archaeology field school and learning about jaguar conservation. The remainder of this series is located in the “Travel” category of this blog. As I mentioned in the previous installment in this series, June 6, 2017 was too eventful for one post. … More Journey to Belize: A Talk and a Usurper

Journey to Belize: Roots, Rocks, and Repairs

This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize: performing archaeological work on Mayan ruins and learning about jaguar conservation. The remainder of this series is located in the “Travel” category of this blog. June 6, 2017 started off quite differently than the previous day. Instead of being hot and humid, the weather was … More Journey to Belize: Roots, Rocks, and Repairs

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

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