Jaguars Forever/Jaguares Para Siempre

¡Hola a todos (hello everyone)!

I am still fairly busy, but I had to share this excellent video with you! It’s from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of International Affairs, and it’s a great summary of important issues pertaining to jaguars and their conservation. My favorite part is that there are two versions of the video: one in English and one in Spanish. I believe this is important, since many people who live near jaguars speak Spanish. In fact I’d like to be able to write Spanish and English versions of my posts for that very reason, but I currently do not have the time. Hopefully sometime soon my Spanish will be good enough for me to be able to translate the two languages much more quickly.

Anyway, here’s the link to my newest post!

Taking a Short Break

Hello everyone!

Here’s my latest post. It’s just a notification explaining that I won’t be able to release any more extensive posts this week (and maybe next week), as well as a brief update on my life.

Highly Endangered Iberian Lynx Cubs Born in Spain

Hello everyone! I’ve just released a new post about an exciting press release I found. It’s about the birth of three new Iberian lynx cubs in the wild: the world’s most endangered cat species.

These cubs are important for several reasons, besides helping to increase the fragile Iberian lynx population. Their mother, Kiowa, was raised in the captive breeding program that was started as a last-ditch effort to save the species. The fact that she’s now reproducing in the wild shows how successful that program has been. Her new litter also means that all reintroduced Iberian lynx populations are now breeding, which is further confirmation that conservation efforts are helping.

Click here to read the full post!

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Q&A with Jessica James of the ICARUS Foundation

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve done anything on this forum, but I’ve been very busy lately! I have much to do as I prepare to move to California in one month, and I already have a significant amount of homework for my upcoming graduate studies: even though classes haven’t started yet!

Just so you know I’m still alive, here’s a link to my latest post. It’s rather different than my usual posts, since it is sort of an interview (Question and Answer session is a more appropriate label) with the founder of a brand-new organization: the ICARUS Foundation. They’re mostly concerned with animal welfare and crimes against wildlife, especially as they pertain to big cats. These are worthy goals, and since they lie outside of my areas of expertise I’m glad ICARUS is addressing them.

Once again, here’s the link if you’re interested!

Help Communities in Costa Rica Celebrate National Wild Cats’ Day

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I haven’t been here much lately. I’ve been purposefully spending less time blogging, because it was getting to the point where it was interfering with more important tasks. I’ve also been prioritizing Spanish language blogs during my daily reading sessions, because I desperately want to improve my Spanish.

But I do finally have a post to share with you! I was personally contacted by a woman named Dr. Ronit Amit, who runs an NGO in Costa Rica that focuses on encouraging human-wildlife coexistence with wild cats. Costa Rica has an official Wild Cats’ Day, and Ronit is trying to raise enough money to hose celebrations in six rural communities. So I’ve translated and shared some information about her campaign on my blog.

Here’s the link! Please take a look and consider making donation. No amount is too small!

Also, if the admins would rather me not share donation-related posts here, please let me know. I’ll understand if this isn’t the right place for those sorts of things.

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Attitudes via Behaviors Part 1: Why Doing is Believing

¡Hola mi gente! I just wanted to share my latest post with you. It’s a summary of a host of social psychology research about how our behavior can actually change the way we think and feel. Here’s the link, if you’re interested.

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Help Stop Crucial Tiger Habitat from being Turned into a Coal Plant

My friends, a Bangladeshi company called the Orion Group wants to build a coal-fired plant in the Sundarbans Reserve Forest: a UNESCO world heritage site and an important part of the Bengal tiger’s range. This would be horrible for the cats, as well as the 1.7 million people who live in the area.

The Orion Group is seeking funding for the project from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which is a U.S. government agency. To counter this, a petition has been started urging the U.S. Export-Import Bank to refuse to finance this terrible idea.

Click here for more information and for a link to the petition (or use the one above)

You may notice that the text of the petition is geared towards U.S. citizens, but I don’t see any harm in people from outside the U.S. signing it. If anything it will show the U.S. Export-Import Bank that there’s strong international opposition to this project.

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Farmers and Conservation Organizations Unite to Create Jaguar-Friendly™ Ecolabel

Hello my friends! I actually released this post three days ago, but I’m just getting around to sharing it here now. I’ve been focusing mostly on non blog-related tasks the past few days.

Anyway, this latest post is about an exciting attempt to harness market forces to benefit jaguars. Farmers and conservationists in Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica have agreed to implement a new ecolabel that’s designed to encourage Jaguar-Friendly™ behavior. Agriculturalists agree to leave enough forest cover intact to allow jaguars to move through human-dominated landscapes, and in return they get to market their products under the Jaguar-Friendly™ label. This should make their goods more attractive to socially responsible consumers.

Read more about it here!

Also, I’ve started going through and deleting the comments on my old posts. It turns out I have a lot of old posts, so it might take a while to finish the process. My introductory post alone had 99 comments…

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Heavily Logged Rain Forests can Recover

¡Hola amigos! I just posted a brief summary of an uplifting study I recently read. The study was conducted in Peru’s Manu Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The authors spent a great deal of time and effort surveying the biodiversity (variety of animal life) in some of the areas that had been practically clear-cut over 30 years ago, and they found that many of these secondary (regenerating) forest patches contained 87% of the species found in nearby primary (old growth) forests.

The implications of this study are huge. It means that when heavily logged sections of Amazonian rain forest are given sufficient protection, they can regain much of their former glory. Therefore it might be worth the effort to invest in reforesting heavily degraded tropical ecosystems.

For more information, check out my latest post.

Thanks for your support!

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New Protected Area will Benefit Mongolia’s Snow Leopards

It feels so nice to have good news to share! Local people and conservation organizations have been fighting to create a State Protected Area in Mongolia’s Tost region for many years, and they have finally succeeded. A new Nature Reserve has just been approved by Mongolia’s parliament that would connect the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park and the Great Gobi protected area: creating one of the world’s largest protected snow leopard habitats.

Large-scale development and hunting will be banned in this new Nature Reserve; while local people will be able to continue economic activities that don’t significantly harm the environment. This is an important distinction, because Tost’s people have been some of the greatest champions for the new park. It will also hopefully prevent much of the resentment that often develops when local people are harmed by the creation of protected areas.

To read more, visit my latest post.

I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

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