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Hunters Bagged 10,000 Lions in Africa Since 2003, Trophy Data Show

Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20,000 remain–it may come as a shock to discover that as many as 10,000 of the  continent’s iconic big cats were legally hunted and exported as trophies in the ten years ending…

An Amazing 103 Wild Tigers Counted in Bhutan

‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ Completes First Wild Tiger Survey   By the World Wildlife Fund Bhutan is home to an amazing 103 wild tigers—an increase from a previous estimate of 75 that was not based on actual field surveys—according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey released on Global Tiger Day [July 29]. Conducted entirely…

Sacred lands and snow leopards

  I imagine England’s green and pleasant land, with a church spire above the gentle landscape. Surely John Constable painted it. Bracing myself against the howling wind and driving snow, thankful for my NGS Antarctic special issue jacket on this mid-summer day, I couldn’t be further from home. Yet, here on the Tibetan plateau of…

How to Save the Lions

These projects protect lions from poachers, traps, and angry people.

Cat Out of the Bag: Trophy Hunting Fuels African Lion Bone Trade in Asia

In the first full research report of its kind, the trophy hunting industry in South Africa has been exposed as the main source of Asia’s rapidly expanding lion bone trade. The implications are that thousands of lions are being raised in South Africa to shot in cages, stoking a market for lion bone medicine that ultimately threatens the last 2,300 wild lions in the country.

Hunting Lions for Fun

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and filmmaker Dereck Joubert, a world-renowned expert on lions and the African wilderness, shoots down the myths trophy hunters use to justify killing big cats. He reveals the devastating impact on African economies, employment, and ecology that hunting inflicts at the cost of the much greater wealth that may be generated from ecotourism, and he calls for support of the petition of the U.S. Government to list the lion as an Endangered Species, which would make it illegal to import lions and their parts (such as trophies) into the U.S.

Photographer Steve Winter’s 5 Wildest Big Cat Encounters

Even in a life filled with amazing moments, there’s always a few that stand out.

American Public Roars After It Gets a Glimpse of International Trophy Hunting of Lions

By Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States

Cecil the lion is dead because Walter Palmer the dentist is a morally deadened human being.

High Five! Give $5. Save Big Cats.

Don’t leave him hangin’. Share your own high five photo, donate $5, and tag five friends to spread the word that we can help save big cats in the wild!

Saving Serabie: How a Volunteer Rescued “Her” Lion From Canned Hunting

When Alexandra Lamontagne found out that one of the lion cubs she had helped raise as a volunteer at a South African wildlife facility was destined to be sent to a place where lions were offered as trophies to hunters, she raised money and did something about it. This is her story.

Death of Zimbabwe’s Best-Loved Lion Ignites Debate on Sport Hunting

Zimbabwe’s most well-known and much-photographed black-maned lion, affectionately named Cecil, was killed by sport hunters just outside the nation’s premier wildlife park, Hwange, last week. The killing by a hunter using a bow and arrow has sparked considerable discussion about the ethics of hunting big cats in areas adjacent to wildlife sanctuaries, especially when research has shown that it can cause severe destabilization of prides, including the killing of fatherless cubs.

Are Fences the Solution for Protecting Africa’s National Parks?

With the expansion of human populations, instances of human-wildlife conflict become increasingly frequent. One proposed solution to protect both people and wildlife is the implementation of fences around established protected areas. Many conservation scientists argue that these fences may do more harm than good. A recent paper published in June by some of the world’s most renowned…

New Snow Leopard Equipped With GPS Collar in Mongolia

Post submitted by Matthias Fiechter.

Inspiring Warriors to Conserve Lions in Kenya

Morans, the warrior age-class of the Samburu tribe, traditionally play a central role in protecting their communities and livestock from external threats, including predation by lions and other large carnivores. Yet, these young men represent one of the most neglected groups in conservation decision-making in northern Kenya. As a moran himself, Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions’…

10 Years of Success in Community Conservation Highlighted in 2014 Annual Report

Just ten years ago, two young explorers set up camp by a small acacia at the top of a hill given to them by the rural Tanzanian community of Loibor Siret. That camp was to eventually become a permanent base for the African People & Wildlife Fund’s conservation programs focusing on the lions of the…