Proposed National Park could be a Lifeline for China’s Big Cats

Hello friends, I have returned from my introduction to field work in the Mattole to find an encouraging story on the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group’s Facebook page. The article, written by Kathleen McLaughlin and published in the magazine Science, concerns a proposed national park in China that could prove crucial for recovering Amur tigers (Panthera … More Proposed National Park could be a Lifeline for China’s Big Cats

Highly Endangered Iberian Lynx Cubs Born in Spain

Efforts to save the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), the most endangered wild felid in the world, may be paying off. According to this press release, a female lynx named Kiowa was recently photographed with three cubs in Spain’s Sierra Morena mountains. This is significant for several reasons. First of all, the Iberian lynx might be … More Highly Endangered Iberian Lynx Cubs Born in Spain

Heavily Logged Rain Forests can Recover

An integral part of conserving jaguars is safeguarding their habitats. In some parts of their range, this includes tropical rain forests. But these forests are rapidly disappearing (Whitworth, Downie, von May, Villacampa, & MacLeod, 2016). But while this is cause for immediate action, it is not cause for despair. A recent study suggests that under … More Heavily Logged Rain Forests can Recover

New Protected Area will Benefit Mongolia’s Snow Leopards

I just received a notification from the Snow Leopard Trust about an exciting new development. Nearly 8,163 square kilometers of land is about to be turned into a Nature Reserve, a designation that will benefit both wildlife and local people. Mining, hunting, and construction will be banned in this area; whereas traditional activities that do … More New Protected Area will Benefit Mongolia’s Snow Leopards

Global Tiger Numbers Increase for the First Time in 100 Years

Notice: A few days after the article that this post is based on was released, contradictory reports emerged. Many scientists feel that the global tiger population has not increased, but that we have simply gotten better at counting them. Click here for a summary of some of those claims.  This article from National Geographic’s Brian Clark … More Global Tiger Numbers Increase for the First Time in 100 Years

Elusive Argentine Jaguar Photographed Eating a Tapir

I have just come across an excellent article by Earth Touch News Network’s Sarah Keartes. It highlights exciting photographs from Proyecto Yaguareté (Project Jaguar) of a jaguar (Panthera onca) eating a tapir in the Forest Reserve San Jorge of Argentina. But this was not any jaguar: it was Aratirí. Aratirí, whose name means “big male,” has … More Elusive Argentine Jaguar Photographed Eating a Tapir

Working with Local People Pays off for Snow Leopard Conservationists

I would like to share an article I found on the blog of one of my favorite NGOs: the Snow Leopard Trust. It is a question and answer session with Kalzang Gurmet and Tanzin Thinley, who are conservationists in Spiti, India. While the entire post is worth a read, there are two points that stick … More Working with Local People Pays off for Snow Leopard Conservationists

New Population of Lions Confirmed in Ethiopia

In 2015, the death of the beloved lion Cecil brought international attention to the plight of this species. Overhunting, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict have caused lion numbers to drop from 200,000 to 20,000 in one century. To make matters worse, lion populations in West and Central Africa could fall by another 50% in the … More New Population of Lions Confirmed in Ethiopia

Update: Leopard Confirmed in Egypt for the first time in 65 Years

I have just discovered the abstract of a scientific publication detailing the confirmed presence of a leopard (Panthera pardus) in south-east Egypt. This is the first time a leopard has been recorded in that country in 65 years. But it might be too early to celebrate. The leopard was killed in Elba Protected Area, most … More Update: Leopard Confirmed in Egypt for the first time in 65 Years