Author Archive: Markus Jais

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WWF releases new video: Snow Leopard with 4 cubs

| January 25, 2017 | Reply

WWF has released a new video from Mongolia that shows a female Snow Leopard with four cubs. Four cubs are rare and this is the fist time that many have been recorded in that region. Snow Leopards are among the rarest cats in the world. Illegal persecution, habitat loss and lack of prey are all problems that […]

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Domestic dogs as an important food source for Leopards in India

| April 11, 2015 | Reply

It is often assumed that the density of predators depends largely on the amount of available wild prey species. This is not always the case and in some places predators can rely almost completely on domestic animals. A recently published paper (Athreyaa et al 2014. Cat among the dogs: leopard Panthera pardus diet in a […]

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Book review: Otters of the World

| November 23, 2014 | Reply

Otters of the World by Paul Yoxon and Grace M. Yoxon is a new and interesting book for everybody interested in otters. The authors are otter conservationists and have been involved in otter conservation for many years. The book is written mostly for a general audience. It covers basic otter ecology and then every otter […]

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Will Tigers be reintroduced to Kazakhstan?

| July 12, 2014 | Reply

The Caspian Tiger once roamed parts of Kazakhstan. Now extinct it cannot be restored. But genetic analysis confirmed that the Amur Tiger subspecies is almost identical. A new plan aims to reintroduce Tigers to a large area of about 10,000 square kilometers of suitable Tiger habitat including the the Ili River Delta, a large wetland […]

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EU launches platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores

| June 15, 2014 | Reply

A new initiative by the European Union and several conservation NGOs including the World Wildlife Fund and the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) have agreed to join the new EU platform “Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores”. The 4 species involved (Wolf, Eurasian Lynx, Wolverine and Brown Bear) have all increased at least in […]

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17 European Bison were released into the wild in Romania – plans to grow the population to 500 animals

| May 18, 2014 | Reply

Although this website is primarily dedicated to predators, it will also report about the conservation of other keystone species and animals that are part of an ecosystem or critical to predators as prey. It is crucial that ecosystems function with as many parts as possible. The less degraded, the better. Beside large predators, large herbivores […]

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Book review: The Cougar Beautiful, Wild & Dangerous by Paula Wild

| May 11, 2014 | Reply

Pumas have one of the largest distributions of any mammal. Unfortunately their population has dropped considerably or they were eradicated completely in many parts of their range. Some experts believe that in recent decades the Puma (or Cougar, Moutain Lion) has recovered in parts of western North America. Conflicts have increased with livestock owners. Pumas […]

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Panthera launches Project Pardus: the first global conservation initiative for wild leopards

| May 8, 2014 | Reply

The cat conservation NGO Panthera has launched Project Pardus, a global initiative to protect wild Leopards. Panthera has already been active working for Leopard conservation for many years in Africa but the new initiative has a wider and much more ambitious scope and expands to project other places like India, Sri Lanka and Iran. The […]

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Great White Sharks maybe stable in northwest Pacific Ocean – better monitoring needed

| May 4, 2014 | Reply

Sharks are ecologically as important in the ocean as top predators like Tigers, Pumas or Harpy Eagles on land. New research shows that the Great White Shark population the the northwest Pacific Ocean seems to be stable which is good news. But researcher Heather Christiansen says that better monitoring is necessary to know more about […]

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Belize and Panthera Sign Critical Conservation Agreement for the Jaguar

| April 24, 2014 | Reply

The wild cat NGO Panthera has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Belize togehter with the government and the the University of Belize. The MOU is a “pledge by all parties to collaboratively implement science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond its borders, facilitate land […]

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