big cats

By John Polisar As a college student, my summer wages were earned clearing trails in the premier wilderness areas of the American Mountain West. From the mountaintops, I could look across 360-degree vistas and not see a hint of a road. The areas with grizzlies felt different than those without. In his short stories, Thinking…

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By Drew T. Cronin, SMART Partnership Program Manager Big cats are some of the world’s most iconic and revered wildlife species, and the focus of this year’s World Wildlife Day on March 3. However, these species, from Jaguars in Latin America to tigers in far eastern Russia, face numerous threats, including habitat loss and degradation,…

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Thanks to affordable digital cameras and sophisticated software, conservationists like K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society now have powerful tools to accurately monitor tigers in the wild. In this video, Karanth describes how an earlier method of trying to assess the status of wild populations of the world’s largest cat by peering at…

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Talking Tigers: Part 3 of a 12-part series We pulled out of the honking pandemonium of morning traffic into the cement schoolyard of Chhotubhai Patel High School. It was only slightly quieter than the street. Hundreds of kids milled about or huddled in small groups, practicing cheers that blended into a rhythmic, unintelligible wall of…

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A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting—along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened. The setting was Santa Rosa National Park, a stretch of tropical dry forest within Costa Rica’s spectacular Area de Conservación Guanacaste. I set out from the Park’s main administrative area shortly before 4:00 p.m….

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Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— The Carpathian mountains are home to two species of wild cat, the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and the European…

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By Krithi K. Karanth and Arjun Srivathsa With close to 50 species of wild carnivores, India is a haven for elusive families of cats, dogs, hyaenas, bears, otters, civets and mongooses. The Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program has been camera-trapping critters in India for more than 20 years. This program originally started with pioneering camera trap…

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Driving on a Friday night from the idyllic campsite to a local farm for an after-dark game count, Action for Cheetahs (ACK) lead researcher Cosmas Wambua navigates a treacherous highway. The notorious Mombassa Road is a twisting, turning, death-ridden mess of an international highway. Bitterly joking we’re on a ‘lorry safari’, sightings include burned-out overturned…

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species. In that spirit, his blog posts appear both here on Explorers Journal and in Beyond the Edge, the…

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Mountain lion, cougar, puma, panther, catamount, léon, Puma concolor. These are among the many names used to describe this large, lithe, solitary felid that ranges from southernmost Alaska to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. Concolor means “single color” and is meant to describe the uniform pelage of adult animals. However, those of us who…

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National Geographic wildlife photographers have often recounted the painful waiting period that comes with getting the perfect shot. Countless hours are spent sitting within the stuffy confines of a blind or perched behind a crop of tall grasses, camera lens at the ready, waiting for the animal to stalk past. Photographer Steve Winter has spent his career…

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This week, wildlife photojournalist Steve Winter’s story about cougars appears in the December issue of National Geographic. He’s become the big cat guy—it’s the fourth species he’s covered for the magazine. This is a also a big week for him and me: our new book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat, published…

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Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 Professional climbers and skiiers maintain a certain amount…

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By Craig Packer Founded by George Schaller in 1966, the Serengeti Lion Project is the second longest field study in all of Africa, ranking only behind Jane Goodall’s long-term chimp study.  The Serengeti lions are by far the best-studied carnivores anywhere in the world, and our research efforts directly led to the discoveries of why…

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Almost 100 million euros (U.S.$ 130 million) has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild, but the world’s most endangered cat species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the management plans do not provide for the effects of climate change, researchers warn. “Our…

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