Author Archive: Markus Jais

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WWF shows new video footage of family life of Amur Leopards

| February 2, 2014 | Reply

WWF has released an exciting video showing details of the family life of the critically endangered Amur Leopard. See here for the video and more information: New footage reveals family life of elusive Amur leopard.

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Iberian Lynx population in Andalusia reaches 319 animals in 2013

| January 19, 2014 | Reply

The Iberian Lynx is one of the most endangered mammals in the world and the IUCN lists it as Critically Endangered. There is lot’s of work being done in Spain and Portugal to save the species and there are some good news. In Andalusia the recent census in 2013 resulted in 319 counted cats. This […]

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Lions critically endangered in West Africa

| January 11, 2014 | Reply

The Lion is declining over much of it’s range and today there are fewer than 35,000 Lions left in Africa according to cat conservation NGO Panthera. The situation is particularly bad in West Africa as a new study new published on PLOS ONE called The Lion in West Africa Is Critically Endangered (also available as […]

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Slovakia bans Wolf hunting on the Slovak side of the Eastern Carpathians

| January 6, 2014 | Reply

Although wolves (and other predators) are recovering in some parts of Europe (e.g. Germany) they are still far from reaching ecologically significant population levels in many parts of Europe. Hunting of wolves in areas with small or declining populations should be avoided because this can seriously impact recovery. Wolves already suffer many other human caused […]

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Good news for wild cat conservation in 2013

| January 1, 2014 | Reply

2013 has seen some great progress in the conservation of wild cats. Below are a few highlights: 1) Nepals Tigers increase by 63%. Nepal is an important country for tiger conservation and the population is connected to the Tigers northern India. As the WWF reports in Nepal’s tiger numbers climbing the Tiger numbers in Nepal […]

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Top predators making a comeback in Europe

| December 24, 2013 | Reply

Across Europe predators have been (and sadly sometimes still are) heavily persecuted. But thanks to legal protection and conservation efforts many are making a comeback and their numbers are increasing. A new report by the Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) for the Rewilding Initiative lists many species […]

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Decline in rabbits a threat for Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle

| December 22, 2013 | Reply

Predators need prey. In the case of the Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle this means Eurasian Rabbits. Although both species also hunt other prey (the eagle probably more than the cat), the Eurasian Rabbit is a crucial part of their diet. Both the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle are among the rarest […]

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Are predators wanton killers?

| December 18, 2013 | Reply

Many people still have negative attitudes towards predators like Pumas, Wolves or even many eagle species. For example there is still a lot of illegal poisoning of eagles and other raptors in places like Austria, Scotland, Spain or Germany affecting rare and endangered species like the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle and […]

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Tigers Forever: Important and beautiful new book about Tigers published

| December 17, 2013 | Reply

A spectacular new book about Tigers and their conservation has recently been published. It is called “Tigers forver” and is written by Steve Winters and others. Steve Winter is one of the best wildlife photographers in the world and Media director for Panthera, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of wild cats. The book has […]

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Arctic Peregrines threatened by an increase in the frequency of heavy rain

| December 7, 2013 | Reply

The Peregrine Falcon is a conservation success story. Almost extinct in many places thanks to the negative effects of chemicals like DDT and also heavy persecution in some places, it has spectacularly recovered in many places in North America and Europe. Now climate change may pose another threat to Peregrines, at least in the Arctic. […]

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