Fighting Together in the War on Wildlife

by Alan Rabinowitz, PhD

Panthera, the Fundación Herencia Ambiental Caribe, and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute have joined together to publish a new book of research titled, “Conflicts Between Humans and Felids in Latin America,” which was released today at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Cartagena, Colombia (available for free download, here). Not only is this ground-breaking research, but it also demonstrates the power of the conservation community when it works together.

This book came together under the leadership of Panthera with FHCA and the Humboldt Institute. In 32 chapters, we compiled the efforts of 77 institutions and 110 authors representing 18 countries–each working on addressing conflict between human and jaguars in Latin America.

This book represents the most complete compilation that has ever been published about this topic in Latin America, comprising analysis, planning, management, and resolution of conflict between humans and the great cats. It also represents a triumph of collaboration between scientists. This type of collaboration is unusual in its scope, but vitally important in fighting the war on wildlife. Hopefully, we’ll see more of it in the future.

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