Big Cat Conservation

Big cats are often at the forefront of people’s minds whenever animal conservation is mentioned. These powerful felines have grabbed imaginations across the world thanks to their prominence on various nature documentaries, and here at The Great Projects we are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to volunteer with big cats in a selection of stunning locations.

Big cat numbers are unfortunately on the decline, and unless action is taken soon some of the world’s most iconic animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards could disappear. Conservation efforts need to be increased to help protect the worlds big cat population and as a big cat volunteer you will have the chance to be part of the solution.

big cats at a glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
16 species considered vulnerable/endangered/critically endangered.
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Variable dependent on species
ENDEMIC REGION
Asia, Africa, the Americas

How endangered are big cats

Due to there being many different species of big cat, their numbers in the wild vary. The most endangered of all of the big cat species is the Amur Leopard, and there are only 48-50 of these majestic big cats remaining in the wild. Other big cats whose numbers are particularly low include: the South China tiger, Asiatic cheetah, and the Scottish Wildcat. All of the big cats are suffering however, and this is why they need your help. Numbers are only going to continue to fall unless change is made.One of the ways you can help is by working with big cats in Africa. This continent is home to a big percentage of the worlds big cats, and you can help to make a big difference if you choose to volunteer with them in Africa!

Threats big cats are facing

The threats to big cats vary from region to region, but there are two overwhelming threats they all share. They are:

  • Habitat Destruction – Whether it be from farmers taking land away from the lions and cheetahs in Africa for their livestock, or the forests of the tiger being chopped down in Asia, the natural ranges and habitats of many big cats are being taken away from them at a frightening rate.
  • Hunting and Poaching – These animals are prized for their body parts which many believe have medicinal values. This is simply not true, and as a result of this many animals are needlessly killed to supply this demand.
Fast Facts
  • Greek and Roman word for giraffe was ‘camelopardalis’, because they believed it was an unnatural hybrid of a camel and a leopard.
  • A “Panther” isn’t a real animal. It is actually a term used to describe black cougars, jaguars and leopards.
  • Cheetahs can only run for 30 seconds before they overheat

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