Project of the Month - Archive

Here you can find all Cat Projects of the Month from the last years back to 2005. 

The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group's website regularly presents a different cat conservation project.

Members of the Cat Specialist Group are encouraged to submit a short description of interesting projects.

For application use this standardised form (an editable word document) and send it to ch.breitenmoser(at)

Puma (Puma concolor) © A. Sliwa

November 2005

Conservation biology of leopards (Panthera pardus) in a fragmented landscape; spatial ecology, population biology and human threats

The Mun-Ya-Wana Leopard Project was established in April 2002 to investigate the impacts of legal and illegal persecution of leopards in northern Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa, and to assess the long-term sustainability of this population under increasing human pressure.  


October 2005

Census and monitoring of the Zakouma lion population, Chad

The Zakouma Lion Study is a multidisciplinary lion research project and started in March 2003 in the Zakouma National Park, South-Eastern Chad. It aims at acquiring a better knowledge of the Zakouma National Park lion population and its chances of survival in the park.


September 2005

Pampas cat ecology and conservation in the Brazilian grasslands 

The main goal of the study on pampas cats in the Brazilian grasslands is to rise information on the ecology of the species, including data on diseases, genetics and threats.


August 2005

Conservation Genetics and Behavioural Ecology of the African Wildcat in the southern Kalahari 

The study on the African wildcat in the southern Kalahari focuses on conservation genetics, behavioural ecology, and sociality and social evolution in the ancestor of the domestic cat.


July 2005

Wild Cats of Brazil Project / Projeto Gatos do Mato - Brasil 

Project Wild Cats of Brazil is a large scale multidisciplinary effort to study Brazilian felids. It started recently as a project on the biology, distribution and conservation status of the little spotted cat (Leopardus tigrinus), that joined together all researchers conducting field work with the species throughout Brazil. This small cat is currently the main focus, but the project greatly expanded to include all other felids in all Brazilian biomes.


June 2005

Lynx translocation to the eastern Swiss Alps (LUNO)

Two reintroduced populations of the Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) exist in the Alps, one in the north-western Alps of Switzerland and France and one in the eastern Alps, in the triangle of Slovenia, Austria and Italy. But up to now, they are separated and isolated. To support the spread of the elusive species across the Alpine Arc, the authorities of some cantons in eastern Switzerland decided to reintroduce lynx and so to create a stepping-stone between the western and eastern occurrence. Nine lynx were so far released in the northern Alps south of the Lake of Constance.