The Full Impact of a Single Bullet: Lentswe the Lion and his Line

By Andrew Stein, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative The Okavango Delta is considered a pristine wilderness. Visitors are treated to vast open landscapes and extraordinary wildlife sightings. One of the biggest draws is the lion, the largest predator and undisputed ...

Face-to-Face Conservation

“The phone calls always seem to be on a Sunday and 1000 kilometres (600 miles) away from here” Florian Weise tells me. We’re standing next to a huge drum of diesel — “this is where the NGS Big Cats Initiative money went” ...

Moving Cheetahs out of Danger

A cheetah released into its new home. Photo Naankuse Foundation By Florian Weise,  N/a’an ku sê Carnivore Conservation Research Project, Namibia and National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee.   Last week a livestock farmer called to report a ...

In the Land of the Desert Cheetah: Part II

Imagine four people; one researcher, two volunteers and myself in pursuit of wildlife on foot across an expanse so large it defies description.  We’re searching for Lilly, the translocated cheetah and her cubs.  Rising before dawn for the second ...

Saving the Cheetah with Innovative Technology

In Namibia, I visited a foundation with their ear to the ground on the latest technological developments in conservation.  From cyber-stalking their GPS collared cheetah via Google Earth and Sirtrack to scanning footprints (spoor) into an analytical database, N/a’...

Leopard given GPS collar after capture on Namibian cattle ranch

The Big Cats Initiative Grants Program seeks to identify and support projects that engage in immediate actions leading to reductions in big cat mortality.  BCI Grantee Florian Weise provides this dispatch from the field: Leopard given GPS collar after capture ...