Monday, May 18, 2015

A Race Against Extinction

Hello Friends of Big Cats,
This National Science Foundation sponsored research is the dream project of many biologists- at least for me.  It was the first study I wanted to do when I entered high school and it has been 40 years in the making.  It is the culmination of decades of schooling, terrific luck, hard work, and great collaborators. 

Over the next few months I’ll take you on this very special expedition in which we explore the challenges to African lion survival in Laikipia, Kenya.  These large cryptic cats are in a race against extinction as climate change, conflicts with humans, and the struggles of wild living create a suite of difficulties for this iconic African species.  My hope is that our research team will provide conservationists with a new tool for helping the lions survive in the presence of humans, and that you will learn the value of such large carnivores living in our world.

The Adventure Begins Today!        

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