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While his own research focuses on learning about and protecting the fossa, Madagascar's elusive top predator, Luke Dollar has also devoted himself to promoting smart and effective conservation throughout the world. As a part of this larger dedication, he also heads up National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

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Courtship in pumas: videos reveal cryptic behaviors

Max Allen – Santa Cruz Puma Project Pumas are cryptic carnivores that are among the most difficult animals to observe in the wild. Studying these cryptic animals is often challenging, and it is especially hard to study courtship between males and females. One aspect of my research revolves around using motion-triggered cameras to understand how…

WATCH: Amur Tiger Cub Admitted to Rehabilitation Center Improving

Post written by Masha Vorontsova, IFAW Regional Director of Russia and CIS.  An orphaned female tiger cub found in the Russian Far East is currently being kept at the Center for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals near Vladivostok.

From Hunting Reserve to Wildlife Sanctuary

Post submitted by Matthias Fiechter, Communications Manager of Snow Leopard Trust. Kyrgyzstan tries a new approach to protect snow leopards and their prey. Conservationists and the government are teaming up to turn a hunting concession, where ibex were commercially hunted, into a co-managed nature reserve. The 100 square mile former concession area, Shamshy, in Kyrgyzstan’s northern…

Lions are Approaching! Early Lessons From Our Early- Warning System for Protecting Livestock and Lions

Post submitted by Andrew Stein.  It starts with an incoming text… “PrideInOurPrides- Lion 1 Inside Geofence 1. Follow the link for coordinates and mapped location.” It’s 10pm after a long day in the field and one of our collared lions has entered the marshy wetland between the safety of their tourist concession home and the…

Leopards of India’s Silicon City

Post submitted by Sanjay Gubbi, Scientist Nature Conservation Foundation.   Bangalore, a southern Indian city, has become synonymous with information technology and is one of a few metropolis in the world that hosts large wild mammals such as elephants, leopards, sloth bears and even tigers within a distance of a few kilometers from the center of…

Competition Between Carnivores: Untangling the Relationship Between Pumas, Black Bears, and Deer

By Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project Pumas and black bears are the two large carnivores found throughout California. Both species kill deer and other ungulates and as a result they often compete with each other. In Mendocino National Forest, where I completed my PhD project, black-tailed deer, including adults and fawns, make…

Lions Have a New Guardian: The U.S. Government

“The lion is one of the planet’s most beloved species and an irreplaceable part of our shared global heritage. If we want to ensure that healthy lion populations continue to roam the African savannas and forests of India, it’s up to all of us – not just the people of Africa and India – to…

Watch: Adorable Amur Tiger Cubs, New Hope for Endangered Species

Post written by Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova. I am delighted to share with you this just captured, rare footage of Zolushka (Cinderella in Russian), playing with her two new cubs in the wild of Bastak Reserve in Far East Russia.

High Fives Make Big Differences for Big Cats

Earlier this year, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) asked big cat lovers around the world to High Five Give $5 Save Big Cats to help raise awareness and funds for big cat conservation.  The goal was to create a virtual global high five chain for World Lion Day on August 10th, 2015. Participants shared…

Pumas on the Edge: The Effects of Human Activity and Development

Post submitted by Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project. I currently work on the Santa Cruz Puma Project in California, studying pumas that live in the highly fragmented and human-dominated Santa Cruz Mountains. Pumas who live here must navigate through a landscape that is a mosaic of different levels of human activity and…

Human Land Cover Affects Dispersing Wild Dogs

Post submitted by Andrew Jacobson.

Faster Than Life? How Cheetahs Cope With Relocation

Post submitted by BCI Grantee Florian J Weise. The world is getting smaller as more and more people put pressure on wildlife habitats. This is particularly true for large predators that require vast areas. Africa’s fastest big cat, the charismatic cheetah, can outrun its prey and Usain Bolt without trouble, but it cannot outrun human…

How Pumas Communicate Through Scent Marking

Post Submitted by Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

Where Do Pumas Den?

Submitted by Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

Northern Botswana Summer Field Trip

Post submitted by Andrew Stein Northern Botswana provides critical habitat for one of the largest remaining intact populations of wild lions in the world, yet regional conflicts between villagers and lions have threaten its viability. Recent poisoning events have indiscriminately targeted lions and killed spotted hyenas, jackals and vultures as well. The ‘Pride In Our…