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Saving Mother Earth does not need confusion, it needs a little gem: Big Cat Conservation

published 25 December 2011 | modified 18 December 2016

Do you still understand what is going on in this world we inhabit and try to live in? I don't! Are things complicated or do we make them complicated? I do understand that different regions have different issues, because of differences in political, cultural or geographical climate. And I do understand that decisions have to be taken and choices to be made to solve these issues. But why fight over the resources at stake, the ecosystem services (land, water, food, energy, ….), while the only thing this will accomplish is underpinnig of the differences over and over again. Why don't we address the bigger picture we should worry about, and which is the driving factor behind all those regional issues, in my opinion. The world that is being exploited and depleted by us, meaning man as a speciesthat single-handedly is killing the world we live in.

Shouldn't it make life easier for decision makers all over the world when all decisions should only address the saving of this planet and enable many next generations of humans to enjoy their life on beautiful Mother Earth? There is first evidence that things are turning for the worst. In his recently published article in Nature, Maximillian Auffhammer refers to evidence, for the first time based on production records and not on models, for an alarming disruptive scenario about declining staple food crop yields worldwide due to climate change.

Though I am afraid that the world has become too complicated to interpret all the different needs and solve them by trying to focus on one single issue as suggested, the world will not be able to support us any more when we go on like we do right now. We are responsible.

worldmap

Therefore, we should try to talk some sense into the people who can make a difference and have the power to create an effect. Let us begin small, because the grand master plan for saving Mother Earth is still lacking, but needs little gems to prove it is possible.

So, what am I looking for? What “small issue” I think should be addressed and require combined efforts of world's citizens and politicians to make this world a better place? Conservation of the big cats, the world's largest predators. That is my ultimate small goal.

Conservation of the big cats, the world's largest predators. That is my ultimate small goal.

It should not be too difficult to combine efforts in this domain which is dominated by NGOs. Their motivation is the same and contains a global perspective. Funds must be raised and a common pot created, out of which essential conservation activities, and research to support focussing the conservation efforts, can be financed. A large common pot will be more effective than many small ones, and moreover it will not confuse donors about what vital work will be done with their money. So, they do not have to make choices which fundraiser (conservation group) should get their money. Well, this was very naïve on my behalf. While getting acquainted via a thorough web search with the conservation societies, NGOs, small pressure groups, and others addressing big cat conservation, I realised that I could not have been more wrong. All of these groups try to raise funds - which can be paid easily via web-based payment systems, of course - by looking for motivated individuals like me. People who are to be regarded as concerned citizens and want to save the world. People who have similar motivations when thinking of the future. People who want to conserve large predators from extinction. So, why force us to make choices between these conservation societies or NGOs? Which of these idealistic organisations will have the greatest impact, while using are donated funds? Do we know? I don't!

To show you the problem of the many organisations working in the domain of large feline predator conservation I will provide you with the results of my web search. And mind you, this looks comprehensive but there are more. Definitely!

There is the Global Tiger Initiative and its participants (29.05.2011) which is an excellent initiative within the scope of my problem:

Aaranyak

American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

AnimalsAsia Foundation

Animal Welfare Institute

ASEAN-WEN, Wildlife Enforcement Network

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Born Free – Tiger conservation

Care for the Wild International

Conservation International

The Corbett Foundation

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Freeland

Global Environment Facility

Global Tiger Patrol

Humane Society International

IFAW

Save the Tiger Fund of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Species Survival Network

Tigris Foundation

Traffic

21st Century Tiger

WildAid

Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Conservation Nepal

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Trust of India

Wildlife Watch Group

World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums

The World Bank

World Wildlife Fund – Tiger

World Animal Protection

ZSL Living Conservation

In addition I have identified (29.05.2011):

All for Tigers

Alta Amur Leopard Conservation

Association for Species Conservation in India

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors – Tiger conservation

Big Cat Rescue

Cat Action Treasury

Defenders of Wildlife

Earthtrust

Environmental Investigation Agency

Fauna and Flora International

The Fund for the Tiger

IUCN Cats Specialist Group

National Tiger Conservation Authority

Pacific Environment, protecting the living environment of the Pacific rim

Panthera, leaders in wild cat conservation

Phoenix Fund, a collective biodiversity recovery programme

The Roar Foundation, Shambala preserve

Save China's Tigers

doubtful organisation, with opposition from prominent South African and international conservation organisations (because of the training of tigers in captivity to learn to hunt again; and the Africa connection (training facilities in South Africa) with the chance of introduction of feline diseases that do not exist in Asia yet (like FIV))

Save the Stripes

The Sumatran Tiger Trust

Tiger Awareness

with weblinks to several small conservation organisations

Tiger Missing Link Foundation

Wildlife Protection Society of india

I want to call on these organisations for support. Help me to choose, organise yourself! Joint efforts will be more effective and efficient, and will create an ever so needed little gem which the grand master plan for saving Mother Earth can build on!

 


 

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