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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 more than 110 innovative projects to protect seven iconic big cat species in 28 countries and built more than 1,600 livestock enclosures to protect livestock, big cats, and people. Together we’re helping big cats and communities thrive. Learn more about the initiative.


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Photograph by Beverly Joubert

The Problem

Big cats worldwide are under threat—for many populations, local extinctions are imminent. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other top felines are victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans. Losing these majestic predators would create a devastating impact on our ecosystem.

The Solution

The Big Cats Initiative, founded in 2009 with National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is taking action now to assure big cats in the wild are not gone forever. Partnering with some of the world’s leading big cat experts, the initiative funds on-the-ground research and innovative conservation projects to protect our planet’s top felines and leads a global public awareness campaign to shine light on the issue.

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Photograph by Beverly Joubert

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