Mountain Lions





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Published on May 30, 2012

Pacific Currents host Steve Johnson interviews guest Zara McDonald about mountain lion conservation (episode #229). Zara is Executive Director of Felidae Conservation Fund, helping to protect the world's 37 felidae species and their habitats through a combination of pioneering research, compelling education and state-of-the-art technology. This can be achieved collectively with utmost collaboration between scientists, educators, international communities, and lawmakers. By helping people understand the critical role these animals play in their particular ecosystems and the challenges they face, our hope is that we can preserve habitats, stave off further extinctions, and promote healthy ways for humans and wild cats to co-exist. We team up with world-class researchers, and supply education, outreach, strategy, funding, media, field support and assistance with logistics and planning. Through our innovative education programs we serve as a conduit for sharing the results of these studies with the public in a way that's engaging and inspiring. Children play a vital role in the future of our natural world, and therefore we provide opportunities for kids to become involved at any age. We work with youth volunteers from the 5th grade through high school and we bring in college interns to provide them an experience where they learn the world of wild cat research, education and conservation. Our interns become skilled field workers and advocates.


Special Thanks To:
Packard Foundation
Disney Worldwide Conservation
Patagonia, Inc
National Geographic Society
East Bay Regional Parks District
Audubon Canyon Ranch, Oakland Zoo
Big Sur Land Trust
UC Davis Road Ecology Center
UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, Stanford Univ.
Cal Poly, CAL Trans
CA Dept of Fish and Game
Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma Ecology Center
Napa Land Trust, Connectivity for Wildlife
Academy of Science, California State Parks
National Park Service, San Francisco Zoo
Earthfriends Wildlife Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation
Flat Creek Fund
PG Museum of Natural History

Guest: Zara McDonald
Host: Steve Johnson
Producer: Eric Mayrand
Production Supervisor: Jason Francisco
Director: Alan Vasilkovsky
Technical Director: Colton Coate
Media Coordination: Ally Nauer and Michael Land
Lighting & Studio Engineer/VTO: Jason Francisco
Timer: Alwin Szeto
Shot Loggers: Dexter Ho and Michael Land
Audio Engineer: James Parsons
Camera Operators: Christie Hernandez, John Tompkins and Sophia Wu
Editor: Eric Mayrand
PCT Operations: Jason Francisco
PCT Broadcasting: Katie Lee
Outro Music: San Francisco School Of The Arts Latin Band
"Tutu Tata"
by Eddie Palmieri


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