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!
The killing of Cecil the lion last year drew international attention to the problems associated with trophy hunting. Shortly thereafter, a crucial study revealed that lion populations in some areas are plummeting. Africa’s lion numbers have declined by 43% percent in the past twenty years (Funston et al., 2016), and within the next two decades … More Review of Beyond Cecil: Africa’s Lions in Crisis
I have found a great post on Panthera’s blog. For those who do not know, Panthera is an excellent NGO dedicated to protecting the world’s wild cats and their habitats. The article is written by Stephanny Arroyo Arce, a Panthera biologist working in Costa Rica, and it details what you should do if you meet a wild jaguar. I … More How You Should Act if you Encounter a Wild Jaguar
Only four days ago, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum (GTF) broke the story that world tiger numbers had increased for the first time in over a century. Like many individuals, I was excited by this news. I even shared some of it on this blog. But now scientists with the NGO … More Reports of Tiger Population Increase Decried as “Misleading” by Scientists