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Saving lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and other big cats in the wild

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The goal of the Big Cats Initiative is to the halt the decline of lions, cheetahs, and other big cats worldwide. Therefore, National Geographic will be collecting all available data on big cat populations, demographics, and habitat and will then fund a variety of conservation projects across their range. You can be part of this important work by applying for a grant to help big cats.

Proposals including any of the following criteria are encouraged:

  • Innovative projects with results for saving big cats in the wild
  • Anti-poaching programs
  • Interventions leading to declines in big cat mortality
  • Projects that test new technology
  • Educational projects focused on community
  • Projects that establish economic incentives for local people to ensure long-term survival of big cats
  • For cheetahs, conservation proposals that seek to fulfill the recommendations from formal regional strategies and national action plans

Currently funded programs are helping stem the decline of big cats through increased livestock protection, building partnerships with local communities, anti-poaching campaigns and patrols, conservation education, capacity building, and outreach campaigns. See the list of successful projects the Big Cats Initiative funded.

When applying for a grant related to the Big Cats Initiative, please select ‘Big Cats Conservation’ from the drop down list referencing Request for Proposals in the Project Description section of the application.

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Nat Geo WILD presents a week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines—big cats—creatures of magnificent strength, ferocity, and beauty that are rapidly facing extinction. With visually stunning and powerful stories from around the world, get closer than ever before to lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers, and more as you share in their triumphs, defeats, and epic struggles to survive.

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