Sunday, February 14, 2010

Clouded Leopard Teachers' Guide Published in Sumatra

Communities in Sumatra will gain a better appreciation and knowledge of their island's rare wild cats through use of the new Indonesian version of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium/CLP's Wild Cats Educators' Guide. The funding, translation, and publication of this guide was managed by felid biologist Iding Achmad Haidir who works in Kerinci Seblat National Park. I met Iding in January 2009 during the International Clouded Leopard Conservation Summit we organized in Bangkok. Funds raised for the Summit included support for bringing biologists conducting field studies on clouded leopards and other Southeast Asian felids; Iding was the recipient of one of those grants. It was great to meet Iding and observe his great enthusiasm for promoting wild cat conservation. With committed young conservationists like Iding on the job, clouded leopards and the other cats of Asia have a better shot at a secure future!


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