Back to Beijing: Huang Qiaowen, China Felid Conservation Alliance
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by Andy Varvel
3M ago
Beijing, China - the world's largest capital city was once the traditional habitat of the magnificent North Chinese leopard. Pushed out from Beijing, these leopards today live in the Taihung mountains in the south west of the capital, however an ambitious project from the China Felid Conservation Alliance seeks to bring these leopards back home to Beijing. Across successive generations, these leopards are gradually migrating north towards Beijing. But if they succeed in reaching the city, is it prepared to welcome its new wild neighbours? Guest Huang Qiaowen, China Felid Conservation Alliance ..read more
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Cats of Calakmul: Mariam Weston & Thelma Arenas, Ocelot Working Group
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by Andy Varvel
4M ago
Dive into the heart of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where ancient traditions meet modern challenges. ?? In our latest episode, we explore the tropical dry forests of Calakmul, a place where Mayan beekeepers have been harvesting honey in harmony with nature for centuries. But now, climate change is bringing an unexpected twist to the tale. With water becoming a precious commodity, a conflict brews between the local beekeepers and the majestic wildcats of the region. ?? Join us as we follow Mariam, Thelma, and Carlos from the Ocelot Working Group who are on the frontlines, fighting to resolve th ..read more
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The Mizoram Model: Amit Kumar Bal
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by Andy Varvel
9M ago
When we think about the illegal wildlife trade, we think of the fur of tigers, the ivory of elephant tusks and the scales of pangolins - but even small wild cats are traded illegally in many countries around the world. In the porous border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Mizoram, wildlife biologist Amit Kumar Bal stumbled upon a trade of small wild cats from the Murlen National Park in India, across the border to Myanmar - a global hub for the illegal wildlife trade. After three years of living in one of the small villages bordering the park, Amit has completely eliminated the ..read more
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Father and Daughter: Kumi Togawa, Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund
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by Andy Varvel
10M ago
In 1965, Yukio Togawa, a Japanese novelist found himself drawn to the whispers of a wild cat unknown to science. He set sail for the untamed wilderness of Iriomote Island and brought this wild cat - the Iriomote Cat to the world's attention. Togawa inadvertently sparked a conversation about the future of Iriomote Island - a delicate balance between the unspoiled wilderness that needed protection and the essential infrastructure that the island's communities required. Now, his legacy lives on through his daughter, Kumi. Inspired by her father's passion and dedication, she continues his work, st ..read more
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Feline Fire Survivors: Carmen Vanbianchi - Home Range Wildlife Research
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by Andy Varvel
11M ago
Wildfires have always been a natural hazard ingrained in the history of the forests across Washington state in the US Pacific Northwest, but in recent years their impact has grown more severe, with longer-lasting and more intense blazes pushing this region's fragile ecosystems right to the very brink. Amongst the wildlife that call these forests home, is a subpopulation of the Canada lynx, a medium-sized species of lynx that ranges across Alaska, Canada and some northern areas of the US. With each devastating wildfire, the Canada Lynx's future here grows more uncertain - their once familiar te ..read more
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Lynx on the Brink: Nathan Huvier, Centre Athénas
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by Andy Varvel
1y ago
The Carpathian lynx - a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx. These majestic cats are a symbol of the wild and rugged landscapes of east and central Europe, where from country to country, they roam the mountains and forests. silently hunting for their prey. Over in France, the fate of these cats is hanging by just a thread. In fact if we do nothing, it's likely they will become locally extinct in just thirty years. Recent research from Nathan Huvier at Centre Athénas, a wildlife conservation organisation in the Jura mountains, has found that these beautiful cats are facing a rapid loss of genetic ..read more
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When We Become Prey: Professor Adam Hart, University of Gloucestershire
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by Andy Varvel
1y ago
Humans may be the world's top predator - but what happens when the tables are turned and we become the hunted. For many people around the world, the feeling of being watched stalked or even eaten by a predator such as a big cat is a terrifying reality. We're working to protect what wild cats we have left and even increase their numbers. But how do we balance this against the complexities of a world where increasingly people and predators live side by side. In this episode, we'll hear from Professor Adam Hart, author of “The Deadly Balance: People & Predators in a Crowded World”, and explor ..read more
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Road Ecology: Professor Darryl Jones, Griffith University
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by Andy Varvel
1y ago
Maybe you're driving on a road right now - even if you're not you're probably not that far from a road - because, roads are everywhere. It's hard to imagine a modern world without roads - and whilst they allow people like us to go almost anywhere in the world - they're also the great enabler for the many threats facing wild cats today such as deforestation, poaching and of course road-kill What we don't talk about though - is how the roads themselves divide our precious planet into millions of tiny pieces - irreversibly splitting-up populations of wildlife. So in this episode, we'll hear about ..read more
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The Last Wild Cat of Singapore: Singapore Wild Cat Action Group
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by Andy Varvel
1y ago
Singapore is one of the smallest countries on the planet, and its rapid rise from a small trading settlement to a bustling modern metropolis has destroyed 95% of its historical forests, driving the extinction of many species of animals. The islands were once home to the Malayan Tiger and the Indo-Chinese leopard and today, there is just one species of wild cat left in Singapore - the leopard cat - with around 50 individuals estimated to be in the wild. Whilst the leopard cat may be relatively common in some other countries, for Singaporeans, protecting this cat - their last wild cat - is incre ..read more
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Fighting Wildlife Crime: Ofir Drori, EAGLE Network
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by Andy Varvel
1y ago
In Central & West Africa wildlife crime and corruption was rampant - and yet not a single individual had ever been prosecuted. It's in these fragile landscapes where lions are on the brink of extinction, leopards are under threat and other endangered species such as the western black rhino, gorillas and elephants could soon disappear. So when a young activist discovered the lack of any real enforcement or action against wildlife crime in Cameroon, he began a journey to become the first NGO in the region to directly fight wildlife crime & corruption. Almost twenty years later, they now ..read more
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