Saving lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats in the wild
A Future for Big Cats
The National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative supports scientists and conservationists working to save big cats in the wild. With your help, we’ve supported 64 innovative projects to protect 7 iconic big cat species in 27 countries and built 1,000 bomas to protect livestock, big cats, and people. Together we’re helping big cats and communities thrive. Learn more about the Initiative.
Big cats worldwide are under threat—for many populations, local extinctions are imminent. As few as 3,000 tigers, 7,500 snow leopards, 10,000 cheetahs, and 30,000 lions likely remain in the wild. They are victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans.
About the Big Cats Initiative
National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative was founded in 2009 with Dereck and Beverly Joubert—filmmakers, conservationists, and explorers-in-residence—as a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. The Big Cats Initiative supports efforts to save big cats through assessment, on-the-ground conservation, education, and a global public-awareness campaign to shine a light on this issue called "Cause an Uproar," launched in partnership with Nat Geo WILD. With your support, the Big Cats Initiative has funded over 80 grants across more than 25 countries. See where in the world we're supporting on-the-ground research and conservation to help save big cats in the wild. Learn More
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What You Can Do
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