Guy Balme, PhD

Director, Leopard Program

Dr. Guy Balme is the Director of Panthera’s Leopard Program in Africa and is a leading field scientist for Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project. Guy is the first recipient of Panthera’s Kaplan Graduate Awards Program, the world’s only scholarship program devoted to supporting outstanding young biologists in the field of cat conservation. In 2009, through the Kaplan Awards Program, Guy completed his doctorate on the conservation biology of a nominally protected leopard population in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was instrumental in impacting new legislation that regulates trophy hunting of leopards in KwaZulu-Natal, and helped to revise the provincial protocol for managing damage-causing leopards outside protected wildlife areas. These efforts have led to a dramatic recovery of the region’s leopard population and are currently being tested in other countries home to African leopards. (Read Guy’s Africa Geographic Return of the Leopard” article to learn more about leopard sport hunting laws.)

In his capacity as a field researcher, Guy has developed an adept knowledge of the capture and immobilization techniques used on large carnivores. He has also worked broadly with the different sampling methods used to estimate carnivore abundance. In addition to his studies in Africa on lions and leopards, Guy has worked extensively in Brazil implementing jaguar conservation initiatives, in Mongolia studying snow leopards and in Iran monitoring Asiatic cheetahs and Persian leopards. Guy has contributed to eight scientific papers and numerous popular articles on carnivore ecology and conservation.

Selected Publications Featuring Dr. Balme

Selected Scientific Publications by Dr. Balme

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Panthera Press Release Featuring Dr. Balme