Where on Earth did Lions Come From?

It’s been a while since I wrote a more “biologically themed” post so today’s article is going to explore the origins of lions. Well, I say today….. It’s actually 4:15am and I’m still sat in my university library for what feels like the 100th night in a row trying to finish my final year project,…

Big Paws, Bad Pets. Why Would Anyone Want to Have a Pet Big Cat?

I haven’t intended for this post to be a follow up to my last one (but the two in some instances go hand in hand), examining  the shocking nature of the Asian big cat trade however running into BBC documentary maker Louis Theroux on the train last week reminded me of a documentary aired on the BBC a…

The Shocking Scale Of The Asian Big Cat Trade

First of all I’d like to thank Josh from the Jaguar and it’s allies for reminding me of the devastating impact the illegal wildlife trade is having on big cats in his latest blog post. As depressing as the facts may be, the illegal wildlife trade is big business. Despite it’s notoriously potent nature, exact figures…

Attitudes Towards Jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal

I’m going to use this post to explore the results of a study I have recently come across entitled “How is the jaguar Panthera onca perceived by local communities along the Paraguai River in the Brazilian Pantanal?” The data from the study was collected between April and June 2011 and the study was first published…

The Arabian Leopard Conservation Strategy

A few of days ago I examined the plight of the Arabian leopard, and assessed some of the biggest threats they face. Today I’m going to investigate the current efforts being made by ecologists to try and save the Arabian leopard from extinction and attempt to evaluate their success. The Arabian leopard conservation strategy was developed using a…

The Threats Facing Arabian Leopards

Today I’m writing the first of two posts about the Arabian leopard. Instead of writing one long blog post about both the threats facing Arabian leopards and what can be done to save them I’ve decided to break them up into two separate posts, today’s focusing on the threats they face, and tomorrow’s, the current conservation…

Cougar in the City, A Ticking Time Bomb?

I must admit, the first time I saw the image on the left back in 2013 I could be barely believe my eyes. Such is the juxtaposition of the bright lights of modern society, and a 300,000 year old predator living quite literally on top of each other that the worldwide stir created by this photo…

Why I Find Melanism in Big Cats so Interesting

Of all the possible topics, behaviours and areas I have encountered throughout my studies, melanism has remained perhaps the most fascinating and intriguing topics I have ever studied. Whilst from the outset it may not seem like something you can really sink your teeth into, I’m going to use today’s post to try and sell…

A Tale of the Tallest Order, the Mystery Behind the Tsavo Man-Eaters

Instead of focusing on a contemporary big cat conservation issue, or something biologically/ecologically related, today I want to draw your attention to perhaps one of the most famous cases of man eating big cats. Occurring well over 100 years ago, the Tsavo lion story has remained a controversy ever since it played out in 1898….

Is Lynx re-wilding in the UK the right thing to do?

I drew attention the other day on twitter to The Lynx Trust’s application to run a trial letting Lynx roam free in Britain’s forests, for the first time in over 1000 years. Now, I know Lynx isn’t strictly a member of Panthera, however as one of the potential trial forests is within a 20 minute drive from my…

The Human-Tiger Conflict, Can Anything be Done?

As I mentioned at the tail end of my last post, this post will focus on what can be done to ease the conflict between humans and tigers in rural India. If you haven’t read my introduction to the human – tiger conflict (htc), I have already touched upon one or two of the measures taken to…

An Introduction to the Indian Human – Tiger Conflict

Well over two thirds of big cats are in direct conflict with humans. Poaching, habitat loss and prey depletion are causing big cats all over the world to come into ever increasing contact with humans as they fight for survival, and no single conflict has been more documented that the battle currently ranging in India’s…