Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

The Snow Leopard Trust just announced that they have placed GPS collars on three new snow leopards in Mongolia’s Tost Nature Reserve. This represents the continuation of a long-term study into the behavior of the legendary snow leopard (Panthera uncia). The new snow leopards are the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd animals to be collared for this … More Three New Snow Leopards Collared as part of Groundbreaking Study

Chasing Ghosts in the Mongolian Altai

Originally posted on Katey Duffey:
Mongolia’s Bayan-Ölgii province is an incredibly remote, but beautiful region of mostly untouched wilderness situated right on the borders of Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. It features rugged 3,000-4,000m (9,842-13,123m) snowcapped peaks, with glacier-fed lakes, rivers, and a large variety of wildlife that includes snow leopards, wolves, wolverines, and Siberian brown…

Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

A few weeks ago, I released a post containing general information about pumas (mountain lions, cougars, Puma concolor, etc.). As I wrote, pumas are highly adaptable animals; even occupying landscapes that have been altered by humans. While they typically do not harm people or livestock, conflicts do occur (Kertson, Spencer, & Grue, 2013). Sport hunting … More Studies Find that Sport Hunting can Increase Human-Puma Conflicts

Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Currently, the jaguar (Panthera onca) is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. This is the second lowest threat level, right behind Least Concern. This global assessment is based on the jaguar’s wide distribution, as well as the fact that much of its territory in Amazonia remains intact. But a new study suggests that … More Jaguars are More Threatened than they Appear, Study Finds

Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

Camera traps are a vital tool for conserving wild felids (cats). Do to their elusive nature, these creatures are difficult to glimpse in the wild. While cats’ propensity for stealth is key to their survival, it also makes them difficult to study. Thankfully camera traps make the job a little easier. Such devices allow scientists to monitor … More Fascinating Compilation of Camera Trap Videos

To Survive Living High

Originally posted on Katey Duffey:
From the deepest oceans to the highest peaks, and from the hottest deserts to the Earth’s poles, there is life that has evolved incredible adaptations to survive in their extreme environments… Low oxygen results in a hypoxic environment. Hypoxia occurs when not enough oxygen is carried by the blood supply,…

Register now for a Live-Stream Discussion About Trophy Hunting and Lion Conservation on August 10

Last year, Cecil the lion’s illegal slaying at the hands of American trophy hunter Walter Palmer triggered unprecedented public outrage. Thousands of people were appalled by the killing, and their outcry has forced conservationists to take a hard look at the practice of trophy hunting. Cecil’s death also brought public attention to the lion’s (Panthera … More Register now for a Live-Stream Discussion About Trophy Hunting and Lion Conservation on August 10

Attitudes via Behaviors Part 2: Implications for Common Behaviors and Financial Incentives

Intro In a previous post, I explored some of the ways our behaviors can change our attitudes. This post will examine how those findings can influence conservation. Recall that according to self-perception theory (Bem, 1967), we infer our attitudes from our observations of our own behavior. Cognitive dissonance theory (Festinger, 1957), on the other hand, … More Attitudes via Behaviors Part 2: Implications for Common Behaviors and Financial Incentives

Attitudes via Behaviors Part 1: Why Doing is Believing

It is commonly assumed that our behaviors follow from our attitudes, and under certain conditions this is true. But it is equally accurate to say that our attitudes can result from our behaviors (Myers, 2008). Leon Festinger and J. Merrill Carlsmith carried out an experiment in 1959 that illustrated this point. They had college students … More Attitudes via Behaviors Part 1: Why Doing is Believing