On the Verge of Extinction: The Last Cheetahs of Asia

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Afternoon lectures are held once a month at RGSQ, usually starting at 1:30pm

On the Verge of Extinction: The Last Cheetahs of Asia Illustrated lecture by Dr Luke Hunter Tues 19 Aug 1.30pm, RGSQ, 237 Milton Rd, Milton

Widely considered an exclusively African species, the cheetah once had a range that spanned the Arabian Peninsula across central Asia to eastern India. Today, outside of Africa, the Asiatic cheetah is now reduced to a single, tiny population numbering around 100 adults, all in the remote, arid central plateau of Iran. Dr Luke Hunter will speak of his attempts to prevent the loss of Asia's last cheetahs - including in 2007 the first time Asiatic cheetahs have been captured and fitted with GPS collars - in one of the most mysterious and least understood nations on earth.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Luke Hunter is the Executive Director of the New-York based Panthera Foundation, formed in 2006 to conserve the world's 36 species of wild cats. Prior to that, he spent 5 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society heading their Great Cats Program. Dr Hunter has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992, focusing on efforts to restore species to areas of their former range. His doctorate examined the behavior and ecology of reintroduced cheetahs and lions in South Africa, and evaluated the effectiveness of reintroduction as a tool to re-establish populations of large cats. His current projects include assessing the effects of sport hunting and illegal persecution on leopards outside protected areas, developing a conservation strategy for the African lion across its continental range, and the first intensive study of wolves, striped hyaenas, Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Dr Hunter has contributed to 80 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written five books including two titles on cheetahs and one on the 10 species of cats in Africa. He is working on his sixth book, a field guide to all the carnivore species of the world.

Dr Hunter's lecture series in Australia is part of the National Science Week programme. Members of the public are most welcome to attend.

On the Verge of Extinction: The Last Cheetahs of Asia
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, 237 Milton Rd, Milton
19 August 2009 1.30pm

For further information please contact:
Hayley Freemantle
The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland
RGSQ, 237 Milton Rd, Milton
Enquiries: 3368 2066, admin@rgsq.org.au


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