Big Cats Initiative

Today, the journal Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution published an analysis of a new lion alert system designed to protect lions and help communities thrive. This innovative approach to promoting human-wildlife coexistence was developed with support from the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative. Lion populations have plummeted in recent decades due in part to conflict...

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 king of the region. But for all of the strength that lions possess, there is...

Shivani Bhalla is a scientist and explorer working with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and Kenya’s Samburu communities to reduce livestock loss to carnivores. In particular, Bhalla monitors the movement and health of Kenya’s 2,000 remaining lions—lions that live both inside and outside protected areas. Despite being one of the continent’s most iconic species, lion...

A comprehensive assessment of cheetah populations in southern Africa supported by the National Geographic Society reveals the dire state of one of the planet’s most iconic big cats. In a study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ, researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa and population decline support a call...

The leopard (Panthera pardus), one of the world’s most iconic big cats, has lost as much as 75 percent of its historic range, according to a paperpublished today in the scientific journal PeerJ. Conducted by partners including the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, international conservation charities the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Panthera and the...

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