SKIN IN THE GAME… Thanks to those who have made contact re #leopard issues of late, all help is truly appreciated. Covid has really complicated things, so far 2021 has been bad for the spotted cat, if it continues this way it'll be one of the worst years on record. Update soon. pic.twitter.com/M36cfLS2Ge— Jack Kinross (@JackKinross) May 9, 2021
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19 April 2021 – Incredibly busy time at the moment, please read the updates below and there’s blog posts to the right if you are on PC and at the bottom if you are on mobile phone. At the moment my main focus is on #AntiSnare (leopards are and have been for some time all too frequent victims in snare traps throughout South Asia) but there are also many hours in the day being spent on human – wildlife conflict especially in regard to leopard behaviour/activity. I’ll post an update on the situation in May.
Leopard Hotline – As per our work at WildTiger:
Leopard Hotline – available for concerns regarding leopard (and other wildlife) activity in your area.
Your call will be answered by a CBAPU member any time day or night. While we deal directly with cases in west Nepal we welcome calls from anywhere (in South Asia) if you have concerns regarding leopard activity in your area. It is not restricted to leopard and if you have concerns regarding other species such as tiger or elephant where human life is at risk we will receive your call. Depending on the situation your case may be referred to people who specialize in leopard behavior or of the species your call is regarding. While human – wildlife conflict is a primary concern please feel free to give information regarding wildlife crime (including retaliation killing) especially regarding leopard but once again we are open to information regarding all species. We understand you may want to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of such cases and you have the option of setting your phone so that your number does not display otherwise you can request confidentiality.
The set of circumstances regarding the dry season, the forest fires and covid-19 means we are being proactive in reducing human – leopard (and other wildlife) conflict with strategies specific to this situation.
This is a WildTiger initiative in collaboration with conservation partners and run through the CBAPU (Community Based Anti Poaching Unit) network. This notice is currently being translated into other languages and an online reporting platform (including anonymity if required) is currently being constructed.
15 March 2021 – Many thanks for visiting the site. The plight of the leopard is a major part of my life right now, years of understanding (including living with one in the wild) and fighting for these animals has motivated me even more as we go forward. Throughout the year (leading up to the Year of the Tiger which starts on 1 February 2022 and has significance for all big cat species) I’ll be expanding this site with general information regarding the leopard but also bringing into focus our very relationship with the jungle, with nature. Currently my own work focus is very much on #AntiSnare, the leopard is being killed in disturbing numbers, something I’m dedicated to reducing as much as possible. More on that also throughout the year, in the meantime you can read updates below as well as blog posts, some of which link to our work at WildTiger and others which are my own personal take on wildlife, especially big cat, issues. To support us in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org, we have a policy of one on one contact with our supporters.
UPDATE 25 JANUARY 2021: So much going on at the moment, I’ve written a very short blog post called:
Big Cats, Wildlife, Monitoring, Learning, Coexistence, Survival…
(and since then another called Caught in a snare, who does really care?)
UPDATE 1 JANUARY 2021: Many thanks for visiting this site, maybe you are interested in leopards, maybe you follow our work at WildTiger. I’ve written a short reflection of 2020 in a blog post HERE, you can also scroll down to get more thoughts on the year that was. A further, more comprehensive update soon (the content at this site is getting revamped later this month) about the way forward, both in our work at WildTiger but also for this animal close to my heart, the leopard, a species which needs our help as it faces challenges like never before. UPDATE 6 JANUARY 2021 – A short blog post HERE called: Big Cats, we’ve got to at least let them have the night…
UPDATE 30 NOVEMBER 2020:
Namaste, Jack here, many thanks for visiting this page, I’ll have a full update in a blog post in early January 2021. A lot going on at the moment and I’m currently focused on #AntiSnare (including Ecosystem Reboot, putting leopards back where they belong) but also still work on the ‘Living with Big Cats’ project which focuses on coexistence strategy and implementation. Please check out the latest blog posts but please also read below:
UPDATE 20 July 2020 – Accuracy of information
There’s so many reports at the moment I’m struggling to keep up. When I’m in the jungle now I don’t check the alert system on my phone, I only respond to calls otherwise I wait until I’m back at my laptop. This leopard was allegedly beaten to death by villagers in Uttar Pradesh two days ago but details are still sketchy. Many incidents are not going to media now, it’s not new news anymore. I appreciate everyone sending messages, please try and verify information especially location as this is really important. Follow up means first ascertaining if it was a conflict or poaching issue. If it was poaching then the next step includes trying to understand if it was the work of subsistence poachers or target species hunters. There are many levels to all this and accuracy of information is vital, it means once facts are established then the right people can become involved depending on the circumstances. There is not a blanket reason why all this is happening except that it is a monumental failing in human society. Each case has its own variables however and to reduce the chance of further incidents the truth has to be dug out. Believe me, this is a lot of work…
The most recent blog post is HERE but please also read below:
An unprecedented frequency of incidents including leopard body parts seizures, leopards caught in snares and retaliation killings (leopards killed during conflict situations) has meant I’ve had to put extra focus on #AntiSnare (brief blog post HERE) which will have updates at this site and at WildTiger which is currently having changes made as we streamline our work due to the pandemic.
Blog posts HERE about an incredibly important court case and a post HERE explaining a little about why I must show images like the one below, the situation is deadly serious. More about the ‘The Importance of Leopards’ concept in that post as well as further down this page.
UPDATE 20 June 2020 – This site is currently transitioning to the The Importance of Leopards concept which will include an eBook series of the same name. The first book is due in May 2021 at the same time as the start of our new support platform. Our social media sites as well as WildTiger will announce the changes. If you’d like to offer support in the meantime please contact email@example.com
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This is an incredibly important time for the leopard and so many other wildlife species. Join me and work together to safeguard these magnificent animals. Thank you for caring and my regards to all as we go forward.
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