Wildcat Lecture #5: Global Small Wildcat Conservation Efforts: Reducing Threats to Wildcats, Improving Lives of Rural People
Wildcat Lecture #5
Global Small Wildcat Conservation Efforts: Reducing Threats to Wildcats, Improving Lives of Rural People
Among the 40 species of wildcat found in the world, 33 are small cats that live in habitats as diverse as deserts and swamplands. While big wildcats are generalists who prey on what is available, many small cats are specialists who have developed unique hunting skills to help them survive on specialized diets adapted to their environments. Such biodiversity has profound conservation implications for small cats.
Unlike our previous lectures that focused on one species of wildcat, this upcoming talk will focus on the subfamily of small wildcats. Our speaker will talk about the different conservation programs that work with people to directly reduce threats to small wildcats across all geographic ranges.
About Dr Jim Sanderson
Dr Jim Sanderson holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. In addition to being the founder and director of the Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, Jim is also a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, a review board member of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, and a fellow of the Wildlife Conservation Network.
Jim’s mission is to ensure the survival of small wildcats and their natural habitats. To achieve this, he works closely with local partners around the world to identify and mitigate threats facing all small wildcats.
Jim has used camera traps to survey wildlife populations and monitor biodiversity in South America, Africa, China, and Southeast Asia. He is renowned for his photo of the Andean cat, which appeared in the February 2000 issue of National Geographic. With Chinese colleagues, he got the first pictures of the Chinese mountain cat in the wild.
In 1996, Jim used radio-telemetry to better understand such conservation issues as habitat fragmentation and landscape connectivity facing guignas in Chile. In May 2004, together with Bolivian and Chilean colleagues, Jim captured and radio-collared the first Andean cat.
Please note: A link to join the online lecture will be provided after registration.