New study on declining leopard population in South Africa

Population dynamics and threats to an apex predator outside protected areas: implications for carnivore management, published last month in the Royal Society Open Science found the data on the population dynamics and threats to large carnivores are vital to conservation efforts, but these are hampered by a paucity of studies. For some species, such as … Continue reading New study on declining leopard population in South Africa

Camera traps reveal undiscovered leopard population in Javan forest

According to a report published last week by Mongabay’s Indonesia team, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced that hidden cameras had confirmed the presence of Javan leopards (Panthera pardus melas) in Cikepuh, a wildlife sanctuary along the island’s southern coast. The animals, listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, were previously believed to … Continue reading Camera traps reveal undiscovered leopard population in Javan forest

700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

A new study has found that nearly half (47%) of the mammals and nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species are negatively impacted by climate change: a total of about 700 species. Previous assessments had said only 7% of listed mammals and 4% of birds were impacted. … Continue reading 700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

“The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

News began circulating Saturday night into Sunday morning regarding Feld Entertainment’s announcement that Ringling Bros. circus will cease performances in May 2017. Animal advocacy organizations and advocates around the world are applauding the decision. Kenneth Feld said in a statement on Saturday that “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of … Continue reading “The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

A record number of endangered Florida panthers died again last year— 42 of the remaining big cats were killed, matching the 2015 record. 34 were hit by vehicles in southwest Florida, where development is shrinking what’s left of their habitat. The tally kept by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes six new litters, … Continue reading Florida panther deaths still at record-high for 2016

Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a new study, “The global decline of cheetah Acinonyx jubatus and what it means for conservation,” published last month in the Journal Proceedings of the National … Continue reading Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 08 January 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 08 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 08 January 2017