Cause an Uproar On-the-ground conservation projects and education can slow the decline of big cats.
Issues Impacting Big Cats
Conflict between livestock herders and big cats have left the animals vulnerable to retaliatory slayings.
Some hunters target big cats to fuel a market for illicit products.
Loss of Habitat:
As human populations increase, the amount of natural hunting ranges and habitats for big cats declines.
National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative funds grants that support conservation projects working to stop the decline of big cats.
Loss of habitat, prey decline, pesticides, even canine distemper and tuberculosis have caused lion numbers to quickly decline. This timeline shows how quickly they are disappearing.
Commercial traffic would stress many species, conservationists say.
NatGeo News Watch bloggers report the latest news on big cats and on the work of the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantees in the field.