Die IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group

International species conservation will face tremendous challenges in the years to come.

With a global human population predicted to rise to 8 billion by the year 2025 (and to 9 billion by 2040), direct and indirect pressure on numerous species will increase dramatically. The battle for natural resources will significantly intensify, especially  in developing and emerging regions.

Founded in 1948 as the world's first global environmental organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) takes a leading role in finding pragmatic solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges. The IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC), consisting of more than 100 globally acting specialist groups, is the worlds largest science-based network for nature conservation. The Cat Specialist Group is based in Muri / Berne (Switzerland) and is chaired by Dres. Urs and Christine Breitenmoser.

The Cat Specialist Group is engaged in important and demanding tasks that are indispensible for the long term conservation of wild cat species:

  • Research and monitoring of all 37 wild living cat species
  • Provision of scientific assessments for the IUCN Red List of threatened species
  • Assessments and reviews of research and conservation projects
  • Advisory services to governments that are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • Planning and global realisation of education and training programs to support the much needed expansion of expert capacities for research, monitoring and conservation
  • Provision and management of the Digital Cat Library, further online compendia and a comprehensive project database
  • Ensuring availability of a worldwide and up-to-date base of scientific information   

To extend its current activities in capacity development and for the successful implementation of further research and conservation projects, the Cat Specialist Group needs to maintain its economical and political independence and requires continuous and reliable financial support.

Wild Cat Club members support the Cat Specialist Group financially and by doing so provide a valuable contribution to help the organisation in its engagement for a sustainable conservation of our biodiversity.

African lion
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