Posts Tagged ‘leopard’

Endangered Big Cat Volunteering

I’m going to bet you don’t yet have a stamp from Oman in your passport. Here’s a chance to get one.

Biosphere Expeditions has a 12-day research/volunteer trip to Oman to help leading researchers with their work trying to study and protect the endangered Arabian Leopard. This isn’t a safari or tour, but a working volunteer vacation for a conservation project in the remote Dhofar region. This mountainous area is one of the last remaining habitats for the sleek cats.

The scientific team leading the expedition is from the Royal Omani Court, and they will train you in field techniques as you track, research, set camera traps, and add to the existing base of knowledge to hopefully reverse the decimation of these regal leopards.

You’ll get dirty, you’ll have unexpected moments of magic and grace in the field, and you’ll work in a new (to you–I’m still betting) area with an international team of passionate fellow volunteers and experts.

Hmmmm–what do I wear to Oman?

Big Cats

african-lion-closeupNational Geographic has launched the Big Cat Initiative, an emergency intervention to halt the decline of big cats.

From the site:

About the Big Cats Initiative

From lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats of the world need help,. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other top felines are quickly disappearing, all victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans.

To address this critical situation, the National Geographic Society has launched the Big Cats Initiative, an emergency intervention to halt the alarming decline of big cats combined with longer-term strategies to restore populations. National Geographic is committed to immediately eliminating conflict points between humans and predators. “We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says National Geographic Explorer–in-Residence Dereck Joubert. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.”

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