Eyes on Washington week ending 07.21.17

The Endangered Species Act On Wednesday, July 19th, Congress held two legislative hearings on six separate bills that would undermine the Endangered Species Act and the species that benefit from its protections. Since it was enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has saved more than 99 percent of listed species from extinction. But opponents … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 07.21.17

Lions face same extinct threats as Ice Age cats

A BBC News report Two big cats: the African lion and the Sunda clouded leopard are most at risk from extinction caused by loss of prey, according to a new analysis: Learning from the past to prepare for the future: Felids face continued threat from declining prey richness, published last month in the journal Ecography. … Continue reading Lions face same extinct threats as Ice Age cats

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 April 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, 30 April 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 April 2017

Mangrove loss endangers the Rusty-Spotted cat

The Times of India reports a couple of international and national wildlife and nature conservation organizations have taken up a first-of-its-kind study exclusively focusing on the conservation of the highly endangered lesser known Rusty-Spotted Cat in Andhra Pradesh. The species of the felidae or cat family are fast depleting due to mangroves and forest loss. … Continue reading Mangrove loss endangers the Rusty-Spotted cat

Plans are underway in China to build a national park for the Endangered Siberian tiger and Amur leopard

According to a news report by Xinhua on March 2, 2017, China plans to build a national park 60 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park as a sanctuary for the highly-endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. The Jilin provincial forestry department said last Thursday that the national park plan has been approved by the central … Continue reading Plans are underway in China to build a national park for the Endangered Siberian tiger and Amur leopard

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

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

From the BBC Environment and Science News The first ever recorded video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat on the Tibetan plateau is causing concern among conservationists. They are worried about the future of the snow leopard’s habitat if common leopards begin to live at higher elevations in a warming … Continue reading Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

Tiger population booms in India’s Terai region

Projecting a bright picture of tiger conservation, the number of big cats in the Terai region has grown significantly with at least 71 new adults roaring, says the latest report, The Tribune reported last week from New Delhi. The highest rise so far has been recorded in Uttarakhand’s Western Circle—a huge part of the vast … Continue reading Tiger population booms in India’s Terai region

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 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, 15 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession

The Guardian reports: Since taking office in 2011 the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, turned the former Soviet Republic into a center point for snow leopard conservation and research. Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow … Continue reading Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession