Wildcat News Brief & Chat

What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

In a press conference last Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, three researchers discussed how detailed satellite observations have facilitated ecological studies of change over time. The presenters discussed how changes in Arctic sea ice cover have helped scientists predict a 30 percent drop in the global population of polar bears … Continue reading What satellites can tell us about how animals will fare in a changing climate

Tiger bites off tip of zookeeper’s finger at Zoo Miami

The Sun Sentential reports a male Sumatran tiger at Zoo Miami bit off the tip of a zookeeper’s finger when the keeper broke protocol and fed the animal through the bars of its holding area, said zoo spokesman Ron Magill. The bite happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The zookeeper, who hasn’t yet been identified, was … Continue reading Tiger bites off tip of zookeeper’s finger at Zoo Miami

Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

The Guardian reported last week on a new report by Professor David Macdonald, a scientist at Oxford University who studied Cecil the Lion years before the animal was killed by an American dentist. According to Macdonald, trophy hunting could help conserve lions. In his report for UK ministers, Macdonald concluded that strictly regulated hunting of … Continue reading Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

If you travel to Hawaii’s Big Island, you are welcome to visit Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world; cats, however, are not— a point now being enforced by a new 5-mile-long fence constructed for the sole purpose of keeping felines away. Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that … Continue reading Feral felines fenced from touring world’s largest volcano

Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

A man accused of buying and selling horns of the endangered black rhinoceros pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking, the Department of Justice announced. Fengyi Zhou, of Syosset, New York, a dealer in Asian art, admitted to purchasing as many as five rhinoceros horns, and sold them for $130,000, a Justice Department statement said last Tuesday. … Continue reading Art dealer pleads guilty to trading endangered black rhino horns

“It is not possible to keep tigers alive forever”

Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju Minister Manju made the comment on last Saturday amid growing concerns from different groups over the plummeting tiger population in the Sundarbans, as reported by the Dhaka Tribune. “We have taken up many initiatives to protect the Bengal Tiger. But it is not possible to keep them alive … Continue reading “It is not possible to keep tigers alive forever”

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 11 December 2016

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, 11 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 11 December 2016

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 04 December 2016

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, 04 December 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 04 December 2016

Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change

BBC News reported on a new study of more than 50 plants and animals that suggest their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change. “Rates of change in climatic niches in plant and animal populations are much slower than projected climate change,” published in the … Continue reading Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change

Permit issued to kill Mountain Lion in California

State officials issued a permit to kill the mountain lion known as P-45 after the big cat was strongly suspected of slaughtering nearly a dozen alpacas and a goat at ranches in the Malibu Hills, The Los Angeles Times reports. But the possibility of the roughly 4-year-old male lion dying in a legally sanctioned hunt … Continue reading Permit issued to kill Mountain Lion in California