The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Wild Cat Conservation

Students and faculty in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment are doing exciting work in the field of conservation, especially related to wild cats. 

Examples of this research include the UA's Wild Cat Research and Conservation Center, which is coordinated by Lisa Haynes, a Research Technician with the School. A number of SNRE faculty and graduate students are also involved with the Wild Cat Center. Research and activities include assessing bobcat distribution in Tucson, genetic assessment of mountain lions in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, and collaborating with international groups to help save tigers in India, along with many other local and international projects.

In addition to the WIld Cat Center, SNRE PhD student Aletris Neils is the founder of Conservation CATalyst, a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and conservation of the 39 wild cat species in existence. Projects include the Humane Trap Initiative which sponsors the replacement of dangerous steel traps used to deter livestock predation with more human padded leg-hold traps, and the assessment and monitoring of the Caracal, or desert lynx, in Namibia.