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
By now it is common knowledge that Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. This would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and experts say it would not stop people from illegally crossing the border (Owens, 2017; Center for Biological Diversity, 2017). What it would do is dismantle Southwest ecosystems – and … More Trump’s Border Wall Would be Disastrous for Jaguar Recovery
On December 26, the wild cat NGO Panthera announced that cheetah populations are crashing globally. A study conducted by Panthera, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) found that only 7,100 cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are likely to exist in the wild. While I have already reported on Panthera’s original press release, … More ‘Disappearing Spots’: Important New Infographic about Vanishing Cheetahs
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Panthera, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently collaborated on a comprehensive global survey of cheetah populations. Their findings are alarming. According to this press release from Panthera, there are only 7,100 cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) left in the wild. They have lost 91% of their historic range, and 79% of wild cheetah populations … More Cheetahs are Racing Towards Extinction, Study Finds
A few days ago the conservation NGO Panthera shared an engaging video on their Facebook page. It is called Living with Lions, and I highly recommend you check it out. Living with Lions is important because it touches on several key topics in a short amount of time. It starts off by calling attention to … More Living with Lions: Informative New Video
Today, October 23, is International Snow Leopard Day! This is an unofficial holiday that was created in 2013 at a meeting of all twelve Snow Leopard Range States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The purpose of International Snow Leopard Day is to educate the public about the plight facing this extraordinary cat: an aim that is much … More Happy International Snow Leopard Day!
On Wednesday, August 10 I woke up bright and early in order to watch the live discussion on trophy hunting and lion conservation that was hosted by National Geographic. In case you missed it, here is a brief summary of what was said: along with some of my thoughts about it. Synopsis The speakers were … More Synopsis and Review of Trophy Hunting and Lion Conservation
Today, July 29, is World Tiger Day! This is a day designed to celebrate the most magnificent cat of all, the tiger. It is also a day to recognize the dire threats facing this species. Tigers (Panthera tigirs) now occupy less than 6% of their historic range (Goodrich et al., 2015) and less than 3,900 … More Happy World Tiger Day!