Luke Hunter is the President of Panthera and formerly headed the Wildlife Conservation Society's Great Cats Program. Hunter’s doctoral and post-doctoral research developed methods to reintroduce wild lions and cheetahs in Southern Africa. His current projects include the longest running ecological studies on African leopards, reducing human-lion conflict in Africa, and working with the Iranian Department of Environment to conserve Asiatic cheetahs and leopards. Hunter supervises graduate students working on carnivores around the world including leopards in India, African golden cats in Gabon and Uganda, and jaguars in Brazil. He has contributed to over 120 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written six books including Cheetah (2003), Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (2006) and Field Guide to Carnivores of the World (2011) which has been translated into Chinese, French and German editions. He is working on a new book, Handbook of Cats 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
- Hunter, L. (2011). Carnivores of the World. Princeton University Press.
- Hunter, L. (2006). Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Hunter, L. (2007). Cheetah. Struik Publishers.
- Hunter, L., & Rhind, S. (2001). Watching Wildlife: Southern Africa. Lonely Planet Publications.
- Hunter, L. (2000). Cheetahs. Voyager Press.
- Hunter, L, & Andrew, D. (2002).Watching Wildlife: Central America. Lonely Planet Publications.
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Selected Popular Articles and Blog Posts by Dr. Hunter
- Hunter, L. (2012, August 1). Captive Lion Reintroduction, a 'Conservation Myth.' The Huffington Post
- Hunter, L. (2012, June 25). How to Live With Lions. The Huffington Post
- Hunter, L., Sillero, C., Flocken, J., & Aylward, K.K. (2010, July 27). The fading call of the wild. The Hill's Congress Blog.
- Hunter, L. (2010, May 5). The Lioness. Huffington Post: Panthera's Cat Tales.
- Hunter, L. (2009, September 30). Walking with Lions: The Myth of Conservation. Huffington Post: Panthera's Cat Tales.
- Hunter, L. (2009, August 14). Dave Salmoni: Tormenting Lions for TV. Huffington Post: Panthera's Cat Tales.
- Hunter, L. (2009, April 24). Agricultural Pesticides a Major Threat to Lions. Huffington Post: Panthera's Cat Tales.
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Selected Publications Featuring Dr. Hunter
- Martell, P. (June 2012). Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle. AFP
- Dybas, C.L. (July/August 2010). Lynx: The Cross-border Cat. Canadian Geographic.
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Selected Scientific Publications by Dr. Hunter
- Henschel, P., Coad, L., Chataigner, B., MacDonald, D., Saidu, Y., Hunter, L., (2014) Lions are Critically Endangered in West Africa PLOS One
- Packer, C., S. Canney, A. Loveridge, S.T. Garnett, M. Pfeifer, K.K. Zander, A. Swanson, D. MacNulty, G. Balme, P.J. Funston et al. (2013) Conserving Large Carnivores: Dollars and Fence. Ecology Letters doi: 10.1111/ele.12091.
- Hunter, L., White, P., Henschel, P., Frank, L., et al. (2012) Walking with lions: why there is no role for captive-origin lions Panthera leo in species restoration Oryx 1–6.
- Balme, G., Hunter, L. & de Woronin Britz, N. (2012) A case of offspring adoption in leopards, Panthera pardus South African Journal of Wildlife Research 42(1): 63–66.
- Henschel, P., Azani, D., Burton, C., Malanda, G., Saidu, Y., Sam, M., & Hunter, L. (2010). Lion status updates from five range countries in West and Central Africa. Cat News, 52: 34-39.
- Balme, G.A., Hunter, L.T.B., & Slotow, R. (2010). Edge effects and the impact of non-protected areas in carnivore conservation: Leopards in the Phinda–Mkhuze Complex, South Africa. Animal Conservation, 2010: 1-9.
- Gebresenbet, F. H. Bauer, L. Hunter, K. Gebretensae (Eds). (2009). Proceedings of the National Lion Conservation Workshop. National Lion Conservation Workshop: Addis Ababa. 12 June 2009.
- Balme, G.A., Hunter, L.T.B., & Slotow, R. in prep. Impact of conservation interventions on the dynamics and persistence of a persecuted leopard (Panthera pardus) population. Biological Conservation.
- Hunter, L., H. Jowkar, H. Ziaie, G. Schaller, G. Balme, C. Walzer, S. Ostrowski, P. Zahler, N. Schaurre, and K. Kashiri. (2007). Conserving the Asiatic cheetah in Iran: Launching the first radio-telemetry study. Cat News 46:8-11.
- Balme, G.A., L.T.B, Hunter, and R. Slotow. (2007). Feeding habitat selection by hunting leopards (Panthera pardus) in a woodland savanna: prey catchability versus abundance. Animal Behavior, 74(3):589-598.
- Balme, G & L. Hunter. (2004). Mortality in a protected leopard population, Phinda Private Game Reserve: A population in decline? Ecological Journal, 6:1-6.
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