It saddens me to think that future generations may never have the opportunity to meet and photograph cheetahs and lions in Africa, jaguars in South America, tigers in India or snow leopards in the Himalayas. Though my own experience seeing and photographing such animals in the wild may be an absolute privilege, a world without these species and the role they play in their ecosystems is unthinkable.
Thankfully, National Geographic is undertaking the 'Big Cat Initiative', to help improve the future for the survival of big cats. This includes making wonderful information and its legendary photographs and videos, available via its website, as well as a week they hope schools and the broader community will embrace to promote knowledge about just how precarious the future survival of species such as cheetahs, tigers, lions, leopards, indeed, all of the big cats, seems.
At the heart of this project is the need to raise money to really make a difference in efforts to conserve these species..
Donating to the 'Big Cat Initiative' is like investing in the future, both of big cats and the people whose lives are directly effected by them. Such funds can be targeted, not only at ensuring appropriate and safe habitat is conserved, but also to undertake projects, partnering with the people whose communities lie within or near such places and get them aware, involved in and supporting such initiatives, some of which may be things such as job creation in conservation projects and eco tourism.
My own passion for wildlife in general and for big cats in particular is due, certainly in part, to National Geographic's wonderful documentaries, stories and photo essays covering them, for as long as I can remember. I am proud to personally support and help promote the Big Cat Initiative. Ideally, we can inspire our own and future generations not simply to be consumers of such extraordinary documentation about big cats as National Geographic has delivered, but as far more active, particapatory guardians of all wild species of our planet, via supporting organisations and communities that can assist the survival of these species in the wild.
Set aside some time to visit the National Geographic 'Big Cat Iniative' website.
You will find excellent big cat resources and items designed for children and students there, as well as many fascinating hours for older members of the family to explore and consider.
Help "Cause an uproar" and be part of the global initiave to save big cats!