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
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