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

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

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

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

Trophy Hunting, Combined with Climate Change, can Increase Species’ Extinction Risk

Trophy hunting has been under considerable scrutiny since the killing if Cecil the Lion in 2015. Supporters of trophy hunting say that the revenue it creates helps with conservation, and that hunting protects natural habitats from development. But those opposed to trophy hunting claim that the money it makes is not distributed fairly, say the … More Trophy Hunting, Combined with Climate Change, can Increase Species’ Extinction Risk

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