CAT was created in 1995 to conserve the world’s 36 species of wild cat.  We play a leading role in advancing conservation of the big cats - tiger, lion, snow leopard, cheetah, leopard, jaguar and puma – as well as the  rare and little known small cats – including marbled cat, clouded leopard, guiña, Andean cat, Asiatic golden cat, Borneo bay cat, flat-headed cat, black-footed cat and Pallas cat.


Lon Grassman with an anaesthetized young female clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa in Thailand; CAT helped support his pioneering scientific advances


A scent-marking snow leopard Panthera uncia in the high mountains of Ladakh:  CAT supports innovative research and conservation initiatives of the Snow Leopard Conservancy (as seen on the TV show Nature)



A young herder helps Meredith Brown and her group of researchers in Mongolia with the first radio telemetry study of the Pallas cat Otocolobus manul

CAT fostered a regional network of South American scientists to save the rare small cat of the high Andes: Jim Sanderson snapped amazing up-close photos of a male Andean cat Leopardus jacobita in Chile


CAT employs several innovative approaches which have helped us to become a leader in the field of felid conservation.  CAT works closely with the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, an international network of over 200 experts on wild cats.  By harnessing their knowledge, CAT is able to focus on the most urgent conservation needs and ensure best practices.  Providing analysis for government decision makers is another priority for CAT, resulting in achievements including banning trade in tiger farming for tiger bone medicines, and regional cooperation agreements to conserve the African lion.


Guided by the international network of experts:  CAT Executive Director Kristin Nowell authored the

Cat Specialist Group’s

Cat Action Plan

The authoritative online source for the status and range of the world’s wild cats:  CAT manages felid assessments



Policy breakthrough:  Kristin Nowell’s analysis of markets for tiger bone medicines leads to international agreement to ban tiger farming and trade

African cooperation to save  the lion:  CAT guided development of two regional conservation strategies


Endangered wild cat populations are primarily located in impoverished rural areas in the developing world, and their conservation depends on cooperation and support of local people of a wide variety of cultures.  CAT’s award-winning approaches include programs which converted tiger poachers into tiger protectors through employment as guides and monitors, promoting eco-tourism to generate income for communities, and providing a modern conservation message in the context of traditional cultural beliefs.


Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen awards CAT's Hunter Weiler the gold medal of Sahametrei for the community wildlife ranger program.  Asia’s first conservation audit found that " CAT fared best, receiving high marks in categories including vision, capacity to act and strategy."

Snow Leopard Conservancy poster in the style of a traditional Tibetan thangka teaches that the big cats are part of healthy montane ecosystems.


CAT’s executive director is Kristin Nowell, widely recognized as a leading cat specialist with over 20 years of international experience.

CAT is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.



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