The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
Our photo of the day is a handsome cougar in Montana taken by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter. Did you know that cougars have the largest geographic range of any native terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere? While cougars are adaptable cats, their numbers are declining. Learn how Panthera is working to protect this species through the Teton Cougar Project.
Last week, The New York Times published an interesting article on the recent resurgence of cougar populations in various regions of the country.
Read the article to learn about the rise and fall of 'America's lion' over the centuries and see comments from Panthera’s Teton Cougar Program Director, Dr. Howard Quigley, on cougar conservation and the role of science in ensuring a future for the species below.
A new Jackson Hole News & Guide article entitled ‘Lives of Mountain Lions Unfold in Nighttime Videos’ features the work of Panthera's Teton Cougar Project scientists to uncover the secret lives of cougars living north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Read the article now to learn how Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr.
Watch Panthera’s newest video from the field showing Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, uncovering a cougar kill in South America’s Patagonia region and explaining how Patagonian cougars hide their prey from scavenging Andean condors.
Read a story from Panthera’s March newsletter – Cougars vs. Condors: Competing for Meat in Patagonia – to learn what Dr. Elbroch recently uncovered about the distinctive hunting habits of the Patagonian cougar, and how Andean condors impact this behavior.
Travelling on horseback for up to 21 hours a day, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project Leader, Dr. Mark Elbroch, recently spent more than two years tracking, collaring and studying the behavior of cougars in South America’s Patagonia region. Based in the Chacabuco Valley of southern Chile, Elbroch sought to uncover the distinctive hunting habits and prey sources of the Patagonian cougar, in hopes of better conserving the species in this region.
Panthera Co-Authored SciPub Reveals Fascinating Finding on Impact of Andean Condors on Cougars’ Hunting Behavior
Travelling on horseback for up to 21 hours a day, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project Leader, Mark Elbroch, recently spent over a year and a half studying the behavior of cougars in South America’s Patagonia region, including their hunting habits and sources of prey. During this time, Elbroch made a consistent and surprising observation that cougars within the Patagonia region made nearly 50% more kills and fed less on these kills than cougars of other regions, such as their counterparts in North America.
Panthera’s Jaguar Photo Wins Runner-Up Prize in 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards
We're excited to share that Panthera's camera trap photo of a jaguar mother and cubs in a Colombian oil palm plantation won the Runner-Up Prize in the New Discoveries category of the 2012 BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photos of the Year Awards! Garnering substantial media coverage earlier this year, this photo was one of several images taken with Panthera’s camera traps that provided the first photographic evidence of wild jaguars with cubs in an oil palm plantation in Colombia.
This awesome photo shows a curious cougar climbing a tree to inspect a video camera set up by the Teton Cougar Project in the Southern Yellowstone ecosystem! Watch our video to see more footage! Donate to help raise $8,000 needed for 4 HD video cameras, which provide data on cougar population dynamics, behavior and interactions with carnivores and people that help us conserve the species.
Learn more about Panthera's Teton Cougar Project.
Cougars are also referred to as pumas, mountain lions, panthers, catamounts, & the "tigre". They have the largest geographic range of any native terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, from Canada through the US, Central & South America to the southern tip of Chile!
Learn how Panthera is working to protect this species through the Teton Cougar Project.