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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Hi Jess, you always write so detailed and accurate articles on hot questions. I’ve been following this with leopards, it is the same problem newly reintroduced lynxes face now in the Alps. They need to roam very wide territories, and corridors have been helped them to find a suitable stable territory and mates.the first European lynx cubs have just born. I see there’s a problem alike this with jaguars and puma in the Americas. Leopards are too precious to dwindle , their adaptability is second to none, and I wish that futile reasons to hunt them, such as their fur or their heads hanging on someone’s wall may find alternative way.. thank you for posting it, it is very useful to researchers, natural lovers and to leopards of course!

Thanks so much Jess for writing this piece about a subject that is affecting vulnerable and endangered species globally, and for our purposes big cats such as leopards. The idea of a wildlife corridor is brilliant and I’m pleased to report that this research and its positive impact in India, has paved the way for corridors to be constructed here in California. We have vulnerable and endangered populations of bobcats and mountain lions that have been pushed out of their natural habitats due to population expansion. In the Santa Cruz mountains there is a road that divides the territory of mountain lions, causing numerous cats to be killed by vehicles. A corridor was built under the roadway and now they have access to more territory and their numbers are increasing. I hope that Heather Richardsons’s message can be broadcast far and wide so that other countries will develop their own versions.

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