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
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
There is an exciting event coming up that you will not want to miss. On Tuesday, December 19, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Steve Winter will be talking about jaguars on Facebook Live. The discussion will take place at 12:30 pm EST. Dr. Rabinowitz is one of the world’s foremost experts on jaguars. He was one … More Alan Rabinowitz and Steve Winter to Discuss Jaguars Live on 12/19
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
A landmark study has just been released by scientists from the big cat conservation group Panthera. It describes repeat observations of relatively peaceful, social interactions between a supposedly solitary carnivore: the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, Florida panther, Puma concolor). The study, led by Dr. Mark Elbroch, took place in northwestern Wyoming. Elbroch and his … More Groundbreaking new Study Finds that Pumas may not be as Solitary as they Appear
This Thursday, August 10, is World Lion Day. Similar to the recent Global Tiger Day, this day has been set aside to generate support for lion conservation. Two years ago, the killing of Cecil the Lion brought Panthera leo (lions’ scientific name) into the limelight. Thousands of people became aware that lion numbers had dropped from … More New Ally Added: Let Lions Live
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!
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!
This Saturday, July 29, is Global Tiger Day. Tigers (Panthera tigris) are not doing well. There are only about 3,900 of them left in the wild, and they have lost 96% of their historic range (Panthera, 2015d). The primary threats to tigers are habitat loss/fragmentation, livestock-related conflicts, and rampant poaching for the traditional Asian medicine … More Global Tiger Day is this Saturday, July 29
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