In order to provide Panthera’s community of wild cat enthusiasts with the most comprehensive and up to date news about issues and events within the wild cat conservation field, we are launching a new, daily ‘Wild Cat Conservation News’ blog series. Each day, we will aggregate and share a summary of the most relevant and breaking news impacting the 37 species of wild cats around the world.
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September 19, 2011 – Wild Cat Conservation News
Lion Guardians Program
The Lion Guardians' blog (Kenya) reported that Kip, a collared male lion that lives around Amboseli National Park “has terrorized Maasai bomas on the Tanzania border,” leading to the death of an adult male lion who was not Kip. According to the post, there is “an urgent need for solutions to be found and implemented along the Tanzanian/Kenyan border if further lion deaths are to be prevented.”
In another blog post, the Lion Guardians' (Kenya) thanked all of its “fans” who have supported the second annual Lion Guardian Games with donations. The post also noted that the organization has received a “generous donation” from Eco-Sys Action, who contributed an additional $1,000 to the games and designed several lion footballs for the games.
- Another Lion Is Killed In Tanzania (Lion Guardians, 09/18/2011) View Clip
- Eco-Sys Action sponsors the Lion Guardian Games (Lion Guardians, 09/16/2011) View Clip
- Learn more about the Lion Guardians program.
Tigers in Cambodia
From Phnom Penh, Agence France Presse reported that new research by the Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) found large herds of wild cattle in eastern Cambodia, which means the area could be “one of the best places in Asia for a recovery in tiger populations.” While WWF estimated that no more than five tigers are living in the wild in the eastern plains areas it surveyed, the population of banteng, a species of wild cattle, could provide a "sustainable source of prey” for tigers.
- Cambodian cattle herds offer hope for tiger: WWF (Agence France Presse, 09/19/2011) View Clip
- Learn about Panthera’s tiger conservation programs, including Tigers Forever, Save the Tiger Fund, and the Tiger Corridor Initiative.
Gulf News (UAE) reported that the Mohammad Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in Abu Dhabi “provides support and grants for projects that seek to preserve plant and animal species across the world,” including the Arabian leopard. According to the article, the Friends of the Arabian Leopard organization in Yemen received an additional Dh91,000 to gather proof that the cat exists in the country.
- Conservation fund helps preserve endangered animals and plants (Gulf News - Online, 09/17/2011) View Clip
Tigers in Nepal
In a press release, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced that more than a dozen delegates from the government of Nepal, representatives of conservation organizations and scientists have evaluated the progress of the National Tiger Recovery Plan (NTRP) and the Tiger Conservation Action Plan at the National Workshop on Tiger Conservation in Kathmandu on September 14. "Looking to what we have achieved in tiger conservation so far, it's now time for us to take the leadership to protect this magnificent species,” said WWF Nepal's Anil Manandhar.
- National Workshop on Tiger Conservation concluded (WWF, 09/16/2011) View Clip
- Learn about Panthera’s tiger conservation programs, including Tigers Forever Save the Tiger Fund, and the Tiger Corridor Initiative.