Colombia’s endangered felines

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We normally associate with large African or Asian cats such as lions, tigers, leopards or cheetahs, but little is known about from other parts of the world and, in particular, the Americas. A recent study by and Fundación Panthera bring into light information on the six species of felines that occur in , out of the 36 species known worldwide.

Los Felinos de Colombia (The Felines of Colombia) by Esteban Payan Garrido and Carolina Soto contains the most updated account of the , the , the Jaguarundí, the , the and the . The study begins by describing the evolutionary and phylogenetic origin of together with their main morphological characteristics.

It then provides information on each species, including their natural history, distribution, behaviour, ecology, diet, reproduction, conservation and cultural importance. The book includes photographs and range distribution maps, as well as a final chapter on the conservation values, both biological and touristic, of Colombia’s felids.

The Felines of Colombia

Unfortunately, all these felines are in at least one of ’s category of threat and face similar conservation challenges to those of their African and Asian relatives. These are related to habitat loss, transformation as a result of agriculture and livestock ranching, fragmentation from increased population and construction, and retaliatory hunting from predation on domestic animals. These threats require the urgent attention by the Colombian environmental authorities and national and international conservation organizations.

This study will, no doubt, help raise awareness of the importance of Colombia’s cats and will contribute to promote their conservation in their natural habitats.

(Information taken from the book’s executive summary)

Los Felinos de Colombia

Julian Guerrero

Julian Guerrero

Julián Guerrero Orozco FLS Julián studied law and international relations. He has worked for almost 20 years in the areas of government, diplomacy and consulting. His true passions are, however, nature and wildlife filmmaking and photography, and sailing. He studied wildlife filmmaking at American University during a sabbatical he took in 2008 and, more recently, at Wildeye: International School of Wildlife Filmmaking. He was born and raised in Colombia but has also lived in Paris, London, Washington, Cape Town and The Hague. He now resides with his family in Arusha, Tanzania, where he spends most of his time in the bush, studying wildlife and working on his video and photo projects. Julián is also an avid sailor. He has sailed in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the North Seas, and the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans. He is a certified RYA Yachtmaster skipper. He owns a handmade 14 feet Kittiwake gaff cutter yawl named Capricho. His dream is to sail around the world with his wife Ana María and his son Simón. CV Julián is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London (www.linnean.org) and a registered member of Wildlife Film (www.wildlife-film.com). Contact: [email protected]

Julian Guerrero

Julian Guerrero

Julián Guerrero Orozco FLS Julián studied law and international relations. He has worked for almost 20 years in the areas of government, diplomacy and consulting. His true passions are, however, nature and wildlife filmmaking and photography, and sailing. He studied wildlife filmmaking at American University during a sabbatical he took in 2008 and, more recently, at Wildeye: International School of Wildlife Filmmaking. He was born and raised in Colombia but has also lived in Paris, London, Washington, Cape Town and The Hague. He now resides with his family in Arusha, Tanzania, where he spends most of his time in the bush, studying wildlife and working on his video and photo projects. Julián is also an avid sailor. He has sailed in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the North Seas, and the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans. He is a certified RYA Yachtmaster skipper. He owns a handmade 14 feet Kittiwake gaff cutter yawl named Capricho. His dream is to sail around the world with his wife Ana María and his son Simón. CV Julián is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London (www.linnean.org) and a registered member of Wildlife Film (www.wildlife-film.com). Contact: [email protected]

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