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A New Milestone for the Urban Caracal Project

Post by Max Allen – University of Wisconsin, Madison The Urban Caracal Project on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa recently captured and GPS-collared its 25th caracal in its quest to understand how these mid-sized African carnivores make their living in urban environments. The newest caracal was a male nicknamed “Titan” for his impressive size.…

Best Job Ever: Lion First Responder Team

Paola Bouley is on call as a first responder for lions in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. She is a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee and the director and co-founder of Projecto Leões da Gorongosa. It’s the first ever lion research project in the history of the park. Bouley and her team work to…

Into the Lions Den: Diffusing a Lion Hunting Party

Post submitted by Eric LeFlore and Andrew Stein.  It’s 6am on a Friday morning and the kettle has just boiled for morning tea when the phone rings. After some pleasant introductions in Setswana, the main reason for the call comes up. The conversation is quick but the angst is apparent. I hear from the other…

The Lions’ Song

As Beverly and I sit in the darkness in our camp in Duba in Botswana, we can see a shape out in the tall grass not far away. We know it is a lioness because she settled there at sunset and is now fast asleep, quite comfortable just outside of the glow of our small…

Release of Eye of the Leopard App

In June 2003 we followed a leopard to a fallen tree and, after a while, noticed a tiny movement in the branches. An eight-day-old cub, still mostly sightless, stumbled out into the sunlight, starting a full and adventurous life — and a journey for Beverly and me that would end up being over four years wandering in…

‘Clockwork Lion’ in London Cries, “Time Is Running Out for Big Cats”

That’s the message of a new statue in Trafalgar Square, commissioned by Nat Geo Wild and about to be auctioned to raise money for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.

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…