National Geographic Films Feature Panthera’s Jaguar and Cougar Conservation Programs

As part of their ‘Big Cat Week,' National Geographic WILD debuted two new big cat films in December 2012 - Hunt for the Shadow Cat featuring Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project, and American Cougar, which features Panthera’s cougar program in the Grand Tetons - the Teton Cougar Project. Visit Panthera’s Event page to learn about the airings of these films on NatGeo WILD in November and December, 2014. The BBC documentary, Lost Land of the Tiger, featuring Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, will also air on NatGeo WILD during Big Cat Week.

Hunt for the Shadow Cat

Read an article on Dr. Howard Quigley’s wild cat conservation work and his role in these films - "Bozeman scientist’s work with cougars, jaguars featured by National Geographic"

“Hunt for the Shadow Cat” follows Panthera’s Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, as he and cougar capture specialist, Boone Smith, travel into jaguar territory to help solve some pressing issues of jaguar conservation. In Belize, the pair meet with Panthera’s Jaguar Field Scientist, Omar Figueroa, as they track jaguars in the tropical forests of Belize. Beset by a project tragedy, but discovering essential insights about jaguar corridor dynamics, the team is encouraged. Then the team journeys to the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, to tie together critical parts of Panthera’s Pantanal Jaguar Project.

Watch these clips to learn how Panthera’s scientists monitor jaguars to learn about their range use, population size, interactions with local ranchers, and more, using high-tech GPS technology. See how Boone and Howard work with Panthera’s Jaguar-Cattle Conflict Director, Dr. Rafael Hoogesteijn, to mitigate livestock depredation and camera trap jaguars near livestock kills to identify individual jaguars responsible for the livestock attacks. Also watch the team track Noca – the first female jaguar collared by Panthera’s jaguar field scientists in the Pantanal (and named by Panthera’s fans) during the 2011 CBS 60 Minutes program, In Search of the Jaguar.

Secretive Jaguars

Jaguar Tracks

Shadow Cat Traps

Hunt for the Shadow Cat Film Photos

All photos © NGT/Clare Dornan

American Cougar

“American Cougar” follows Panthera’s cougar expert and Jaguar Program Executive Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, as he directs trapper, Boone Smith, and his research team to track the America’s big cat - the cougar - in the Grand Teton mountains of northwest Wyoming. Tune in to NatGeo WILD to learn how cougars survive in the harsh landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains, while sharing their home with humans, wolves and other large predators.

Through the Teton Cougar Project our field scientists are studying cougar interactions with these large predators by collaring and monitoring cougars to understand more about their movements, population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, and interactions with local human communities.

Watch the clip below to see a cougar hunt and learn about the physiological factors with which cougars have evolved to better hunt their prey, including superior night vision, depth perception, and the techniques they use to successfully hunt and capture prey for themselves and their kittens. Tune in to “American Cougar” to watch never-before-seen cougar behaviors, like play behavior, caching behavior (when a cougar covers a prey carcass with debris to prevent scavengers from detecting the kill) and even kitten-mother vocal communications.

Cougar Night Hunt

American Cougar Film Photos

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