I have exciting news to share! The Center for Biological Diversity just released a new video of a wild jaguar (Panthera onca) in the United States. Many people are not aware that jaguars are native to the US. Their range once included parts of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas, Louisiana, and possibly more (Alanen, 2015; … More New Video Released of a Wild Jaguar in the United States
A lot has happened regarding snow leopards (Panthera uncia) in the past two months. Genetic analyses revealed that there are three subspecies of snow leopards, and world leaders recently met to strengthen their efforts to protect this enigmatic cat. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is considering downgrading the snow leopard’s threat status … More Despite Controversy, Snow Leopards Might Lose Endangered Status
Clouded leopards are some of the most elusive and understudied cats on the planet. They comprise two species: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) and the Indochinese clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). The latter felid (cat) inhabits portions of mainland Southeast Asia, China, and the Himalayan foothills – whereas the former is restricted to parts of … More Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard
A critical meeting is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Delegates and heads of state from all twelve snow leopard (Panthera uncia) range countries are coming together for the Global Snow Leopard Summit, where they will be discussing the fate of this mythic cat. These world leaders will be meeting in the Kyrgyz Republic, and … More World Leaders to Discuss the Fate of Snow Leopards on August 24
Yesterday I received an email from Panthera: the NGO that is dedicated to conserving the world’s wild cat species. They were running an important fundraiser for Global Tiger Day (July 29), in which they were trying to raise $25,000. This money would help support Panthera’s Tigers Forever program, which has begun to lead to tiger … More Thanks for Supporting Tigers on Global Tiger Day!
A new study has been released in the Journal of Heredity. Using samples of snow leopard scat (poop) from across the cat’s range, a team of 26 scientists performed genetic analysis to better understand the species’ population structure. They determined that there are three distinct subspecies of snow leopards (Panthera uncia). The possibility of the existence … More Genetic Analysis Reveals Three Subspecies of Snow Leopard
Today, July 29, is Global Tiger Day! This is a day that is set aside to celebrate the majesty and beauty of tigers, and to generate support for their conservation. This is important, because tigers need our help. They are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and only 3,900 of them are estimated … More Happy Global Tiger Day!
Of all the big cats, few have suffered more than tigers (Panthera tigris). They have lost 96% of their historic range, and have been reduced to just 3,900 individuals left in the wild (Panthera, 2015d). Thankfully there is now some good news regarding these most magnificent of cats. Scientists have confirmed the presence of a second … More New Breeding Population of Tigers Found
One of the most significant threats to jaguars comes from human-jaguar conflict. In other words, people often kill jaguars in order to protect livestock. While the total number of cattle killed by jaguars is often low in comparison to other causes of death, it is not evenly spaced. This means that some ranchers lose a … More How Bullfighting Breeds of Cattle can Save Jaguars
South Africa recently proposed to legalize the trade in captive-bred lion carcasses. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) announced that it plans to allow up to 800 lion skeletons per year to be exported. Conservation groups, such as Panthera, immediately decried the move. The DEA claims that allowing lion bones to be traded legally will … More Conservationists Decry South Africa’s Plan to Legalize Lion Bone Trade