Instagram is Raising Awareness about Abusive Wildlife Selfies

Wildlife selfies can be seriously problematic. In October, National Geographic published an investigative article on the trend of “selfie safaris,” in which tourists pay money to take pictures of themselves interacting with wild animals. This practice fuels animal abuse and threats to wild animal populations. In light of reports from National Geographic and other organizations, … More Instagram is Raising Awareness about Abusive Wildlife Selfies

Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

The Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti) is considered to be functionally extinct in Cambodia. These cats, which are thought to be the population from which all other tiger subspecies originated, were plentiful in Cambodia as recently as 1999 (Lynam & Nowell, 2011). But no Indochinese tigers have been seen in Cambodia since 2007. The Cambodian … More Controversy Surrounds Cambodia’s Plan to Reintroduce Tigers

The Five Most Endangered Cat Species

The environmental news network Mongabay recently published a list of the five most endangered wild cat species. They are: The tiger (Panthera tigris): 2,154-3,159 mature individuals in the wild The flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps): 2,499 mature individuals in the wild The Bornean bay cat (Catopuma bardia): 2,200 mature individuals in the wild The Andean cat … More The Five Most Endangered Cat Species

Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard

Clouded leopards are some of the most elusive and understudied cats on the planet. They comprise two species: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) and the Indochinese clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). The latter felid (cat) inhabits portions of mainland Southeast Asia, China, and the Himalayan foothills – whereas the former is restricted to parts of … More Palm Oil is Threatening the Elusive Clouded Leopard

Thanks for Supporting Tigers on Global Tiger Day!

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!

Global Tiger Day is this Saturday, July 29

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

Uttarakhand High Court says Big Cats Cannot be Declared Man-eaters

Two judges in Uttarakhand’s high court just made a momentous decision. They ruled that big cats in that state should not be declared man-eaters or killed after they attack a human. Instead, they said that such animals should be trapped and relocated. This is certainly a significant ruling. The state of Uttarakhand lies in the … More Uttarakhand High Court says Big Cats Cannot be Declared Man-eaters