Big cats such as tigers, lions and jaguars, as well as small wild cats like the fishing cat, Scottish wildcat and Pallas’ cat, are members of the carnivore order and felidae family. At one time, wild cats could be found in large populations across the planet. Today, many big cats and small wild cats face extinction.
The cause of their decimation is primarily human factors such as poaching, wildlife trade and the loss of habitat. Some subspecies are already extinct and many of the remaining cats are critically endangered. Entire ecosystems have been affected by their loss.
Various organizations throughout the world are engaged in the fight to protect the remaining wild cats and their habitat. Almost all of these groups are non-profit organizations, funded by donations and dependent on the help they receive from volunteers. Use this site to learn about their conservation work. Connect with them and support their efforts.
What does “endangered” mean?
Many big cat and small wild cat species are considered endangered, but what does that mean? The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a worldwide organization founded in 1948, maintains and publishes the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a catalogue of the conservation status of thousands of biological species on this planet, including wild cats. Categories of IUCN Red List classification include extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, lower risk, data deficient and not evaluated. Read more…