Leopards and tigers in my mind and in my actions…

“When the safety of big cats is always on your mind, you feel at your best being where they are and checking they are ok…”It’s been a hard year for so many people, it’s been hard for a lot of wildlife too, as I write this the poaching/seizure toll for South Asian big cats, mainly leopard and tiger, continues to be added to. I thank those who care about this and look to actively support. Big cats are barometers of ecosystem health and that affects us all. Coexisting with them can be very challenging for all parties involved which is why we must continue to evolve in strategies and we must adapt just as they have to. Their safety is our safety and our continuance…

As I mentioned in a tweet recently, a leopard we call The Boss has been part of my focus. In technical speak he is known as B20, I’ll have more on him soon plus another leopard known as D19 and a tiger called T21. Working with and protecting individual big cats on the ground keeps me at the level of emotional investment needed so that I never just see them as statistics as the constant big picture stories keep coming with both poaching and conflict issues.

It’s busy, both with that ground in front of us and that big picture. A full update early in January 2021 will sum up an extremely challenging 2020 as well as provide a lead in to Vision and Action 2021, the next phase of our work at WildTiger.