S.P.E.C.I.E.S. Presents at Cal Poly

On December 1st, Anthony Giordano, founder and director of S.P.E.C.I.E.S., presented on the Conservation Status of the Jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Dry Chaco and Paraguay at the California Polytechnic State University Biological Sciences Department Seminar. This work is part of the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, the only long-term transboundary conservation project committed to resolving human-jaguar conflict, ecological investigations and surveys of jaguars, and jaguar conservation planning and strategy implementation, in the Gran Chaco.

Read more about the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project here.

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. Supports the III Paraguayan Workshop on Herpetology and Mastozoology

The III Paraguayan Workshop on Herpetology and Mastozoology was held in Asunción, Paraguay on November 29 and 30 and December 1 at the Scientific Society of Paraguay. It brought together professionals who are dedicated to the study, scientific research and conservation of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and featured a variety of different workshops and courses.

The event was supported by S.P.E.C.I.E.S. and the Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project, demonstrating the special interest that S.P.E.C.I.E.S. has towards the development and strengthening of science in Paraguay.

 

The event had three main objectives:

1. Disseminate knowledge about mammals, amphibians and reptiles in particular from Paraguay and the neotropical region, as well as their ecosystemic roles, in different sectors of society.

2. Encourage and collaborate in the development and theoretical and practical training of interdisciplinary professionals and young researchers in the country.

3. Encourage and promote joint work in interdisciplinary institutions and individuals interested in the study and conservation of mammals, amphibians and reptiles at the national and regional levels.

 

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. Programa de Conservación del Jaguarete en el Chaco presents on the recent update to the IUCN Red List for Paraguay

These conferences are of great importance for science in Paraguay because they allow professionals in this area to learn and get up to date with the work on mammals, amphibians and reptiles that is being done in Paraguay and the region. In addition, it offers a guide to students on careers related to these subjects and specialties, giving them the opportunity to learn about mammalogy and herpetology and providing direction for their futures.

El Programa de Conservación del Jaguarete en el Chaco Featured on La Aventura de Descubrir

This fall,  El Programa de Conservación del Jaguarete en el Chaco (The Chaco Jaguar Conservation Program) was featured on the radio program La Aventura de Descubrir.

Listen to the recording below!

Be sure to connect with  El Programa de Conservación del Jaguarete!

“Cats in the Shadow” Panel at the Jackson Hole Festival & Summit

Earlier this fall, SPECIES attended the Jackson Hole Festival & Summit, where over 650 media professionals came together to celebrate the union of wildlife and film. This year, the festival’s focus was on the world’s wild cats, as advocates, researchers, and the media industry joined together in the goal to conserve wild cats and their habitats.

SPECIES founder and director Anthony Giordano brought his knowledge and expertise to the “Cats in the Shadows” panel, which highlighted stories from the world of small and rare cat conservation and research.

 

Anthony Giordano presents on clouded leopards during the “Cats in the Shadows” panel

Anthony Giordano speaking to cinematographer Derek Joubert

Human-Jaguar Conflict Mitigation Workshop around the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

This weekend, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. heads to Merida, Mexico for a workshop on human-jaguar conflict mitigation. The workshop, co-sponsored by S.P.E.C.I.E.S., the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, and the Université de Sherbrooke, will focus on strengthening facilitation skills for conservation. Among its objectives, the course aims to cultivate collaboration between actors in order to explore both the issues and possible solutions to jaguar management around the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.

This workshop is one of many human-jaguar conflict mitigation workshops organized by S.P.E.C.I.E.S. Human-jaguar conflict represents one of the greatest threats to jaguars, as they are routinely killed once they are discovered. By working with the community, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. maintains the most critical conservation program principle: the only sustainable path to realizing the long-term conservation of jaguar populations is by helping local people and businesses solve real problems that pose threats to the jaguars.

For more information on how S.P.E.C.I.E.S. is working to protect jaguars, read about our Chaco Jaguar Conservation Project

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. presents at WAFWA’s 12’th Mountain Lion Workshop

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. recently participated in the 12th Mountain Lion Workshop in Estes Park, Colorado, held by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The theme of this year’s meeting was “A Synthesis of Management and Research Findings”. S.P.E.C.I.E.S. founder Anthony Giordano presented on a multi-method approach to estimating jaguar and puma densities by integrating noninvasive genetic sampling and home range data. The workshop featured numerous methodological approaches that have the potential to apply to not only mountain lions, but other carnivore and cat species as well.

Support for the Endangered Species Act

As part of the Endangered Species Coalition, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. is proud to join The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earth Justice, Endangered Species Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, and WeAct in garnering support for the Endangered Species Act.

The ESA is essential for conserving and protecting species that are endangered or threatened. It has been fundamental to the survival and recovery of imperiled species such as the Grizzly bear, the Gray wolf, and the Florida panther.

Yet, many of our native species still need our help. There are currently over 1,200 species listed on the Endangered Species Act in the United States. S.P.E.C.I.E.S. has launched its first project in the United States, California Carnivores, in an effort to draw greater attention to the major threats facing carnivores and other wildlife in our backyard. The Endangered Species Act is a crucial aspect to conserving these carnivore communities.

It is paramount that we protect the integrity of this important Act. Without it, many of our native species will soon face extinction. If your organization wishes to support the Endangered Species Act, join us in signing this letter of support: http://www.endangered.org/organizational-support-for-the-e…/

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. contributes to Paraguay IUCN Red List update

Last month, S.P.E.C.I.E.S. participated in the IUCN Red List workshop for Paraguay. The workshop aimed to reevaluate the conservation status for all mammals known to occur in Paraguay, providing a crucial update since the last assessment in 2005. Experts from across Paraguay took part in the meeting. S.P.E.C.I.E.S., represented by founder and director Anthony Giordano, took the lead in determining the criteria for carnivores, and contributed to that of other mammals as well. The IUCN Red List plays an essential role in directing conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species across the globe. Find out how you can support the IUCN Red List at support.iucnredlist.org

Anthony Giordano and Diego Gustavo Giménez at Limoy Reserve, Paraguay

Make for the Planet: S.P.E.C.I.E.S. partners with Conservation X Labs

This Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Summit is hosting Make for the Planet, a “hackathon”. At this event, 17 multidisciplinary teams composed of coders, engineers, designers, and creative thinkers will compete using software and other technology to develop innovative solutions to challenging conservation problems.

Make for the Planet is part of a 3 day summit that brings together leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, and international media to celebrate a shifting focus from conservation threats and problems to innovations and solutions. The Earth Optimism Summit will culminate with a science-fair style presentation and judging of each team’s unique conservation solution.

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. is partnering with Conservation X Labs for the event and Anthony Giordano, our founder and director, is attending the event on behalf of both organizations.

Follow the event on twitter at @EarthOptimism

Watch the live stream here.

Channel Island Foxes v Jaguars: A night of comedy with Santa Barbara Zoo

On Saturday, November 5, Channel Island Foxes will be pitted against Jaguars in a comedy face-off, presented by the Santa Barabara Zoo at the Discovery Pavilion.

S.P.E.C.I.E.S. founder and director, Anthony Giordano, goes up against Tim Connan, a biologist for the U.S. National Park Service at Channel Islands National Park. The two experts are paired up with a comedian from LA’s Improv theatre and “compete” against each other for points, with local celebrities judging.

So come along to the Discovery Pavilion this Saturday to find out whether Channel Island Foxes or Jaguars will come out on top!

Doors open at 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. performances. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for Santa Barbara Zoo members. Purchase at the door or online at www.sbzoo.org. For more information, call 962-5339. Seating is first-come, first-served; early arrival suggested.