Felids are one of the most charismatic group of species which have attracted the human attentions for thousands of years. Most of them suffer from human pressure such as poaching and habitat loss, confining them to a small portion of their vast historic distribution. However, they are still one of the flagships for conservation efforts in many countries while their persistence is substantially tied to socioeconomic factors.
In this one-day course, you will learn from the people who have spent decades working in some remote areas of the world to understand the ecology of felids and how to apply those learnings for the benefit of those species in developing countries.
The day is composed of 4 lectures, starting with an overview of the evolution of the felids, taxonomy, distribution and their general ecological functions. Then, there will be three region and species-specific lectures shedding light on the behavioural ecology of different felids, such as clouded leopards in southeast Asia, Persian and snow leopards in west and central Asia and lions and cheetahs in southern Africa. In these three talks, the challenges for the conservation and survival of these species will be highlighted in the context of each region's socioeconomic and political conditions.
By the end of the day, you will obtain a concise understanding about felids and the diversity of their conservation concerns from frontline biological scientists.