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Cause an Uproar With the Big Cats Initiative

cheetahsNational Geographic is all about the cats. Not the Jellicles from stage, nor the fluffy fella who might be purring on your belly as you read this (or walking across your keyboard)…but the big ones. Big cats of most species, from lions and tigers to cheetahs, snow leopards, and mountain lions–you know, all those Macintosh operating system names–are in real trouble. Top felines around the world are disappearing at alarming, disastrous rates, from habitat loss and human conflict. Proven ineffective claims of Chinese medicine claims the lives of tigers, safari resort properties push lions and leopards and cheetahs out of crucial hinting and living spaces, and suburban subdivisions snatch ground right from under the paws of mountain lions and bobcats here in the US.

To help open some eyes, and start corrective action plans, the National Geographic Society and Explorers-in-Residence (man, how do I get THAT job?!) Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have launched the Big Cats Initiative. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so it is a multi-pronged attack against extinction: education, on-the-ground conservation programs, global awareness, even economic incentives in rural communities. The first step, addressing the worst crisis, is to halt the decline of African lions and cheetahs, and in a perfect world, success would include building populations back up from the critical levels where we find them today. Next steps will hopefully follow soon–it is a definite crisis when you realize, for instance, that there are now more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.

The clock is ticking. HERE is how to take action and CAUSE AN UPROAR!

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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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