Current Research on Species at Risk: Mammals


The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a near-threatened species (IUCN 2010) and has suffered a 54% reduction of historic range (Rabinowitz & Zeller 2010). This species was formerly found from the southwestern United States down through Patagonia; today, the range has contracted to northern Mexico through northern Argentina. Proactive conservation efforts spearheaded by the Panthera Corporation now focus on establishing a range-wide corridor network. The main goal of the corridor network is to restore and maintain genetic connectivity between otherwise fragmented populations (Sanderson et al. 2005; Rabinowitz & Zeller 2010). Current research must therefore focus upon the characteristics of jaguar populations, Read more about this research…

Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) is an endangered species that has declined by at least 20% in recent years.  Major contributors to their decline include loss of habitat, loss of prey base, poaching, and persecution.  There are an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 snow leopards remaining in the wild, only half of which are estimated to be mature, breeding adults.  Snow leopard habitat is restricted to the high altitude mountainous regions of Central Asia (IUCN, 2008).  Russia’s snow leopard population is currently decreasing rapidly due primarily to poaching. Project Title: Community-based Snow Leopard conservation and monitoring in the Argut River Basin, Read more about this research…