Luke Hunter, PhD


Dr. Luke Hunter serves as Panthera’s President where he oversees the direction and strategy of all of the organization’s global wild cat conservation programs. Before joining Panthera, Dr. Hunter headed the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Great Cats Program and taught wildlife ecology at several universities in Australia and South Africa.

Dr. Hunter has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992. His Ph.D. dissertation examined the behavior and ecology of reintroduced cheetahs and lions in South Africa, and evaluated the effectiveness of reintroduction as a tool to re-establish large cat populations. Dr. Hunter’s current projects include assessing the effects of sport hunting and illegal persecution on leopards outside protected areas, developing a conservation strategy for lions across their African range, and the first intensive study of Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Dr. Hunter has contributed to over 80 scientific papers and popular articles, and has published six books, including his latest Carnivores of the World.

Selected Videos and Audio Featuring Dr. Hunter

The Leopard Hunter Zoo Talkin’ Radio: Interview with Luke Hunter
CBS "60 Minutes" In Search of the Jaguar

Selected Books by Dr. Hunter

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Selected Popular Articles and Blog Posts by Dr. Hunter

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Selected Scientific Publications by Dr. Hunter

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