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

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

Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

A recent blog post by Dr. Mark Elbroch of Panthera’s Puma Program brings up an important issue. As Dr. Elbroch states, there is an old and pervasive belief that large predators compete with human hunters for antlered deer and elk. This is one of the many factors that has led to the persecution of animals like … More Pumas are not Competing with Human Hunters for ‘Trophy’ Animals

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