All posts by Dr. Jim Sanderson

After a 20-year career as a top Los Alamos National Laboratory mathematician, Dr. Jim Sanderson left his job to study biology and ecology. He traveled to Chile to study an endangered cat called the guigna, and soon he was tracking elusive small cat species around the world. He has become one of the world’s foremost experts on small wild felines and founded Small Cat Conservation Alliance in 1996. Jim was the first to capture a photo of the Chinese mountain cat with a camera trap he had set on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in China’s Sichuan Province at an altitude of 12,300 feet. Images such as this have the potential to reveal important information about endangered cats and popularize these cats as species that need protection.

2015 Meeting Schedule

The next camera trap data processing workshop will be in Cambodia in March preceding the ATBC meeting.

SWCCF partners with Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund increasing funds available to support conservation efforts dedicated to wild cats.


First International Fishing Cat Conservation Symposium set for Nepal in April, 2015. Help make it happen by donating at the link below. Do so before April 30, 2015 to qualify for a match that doubles your donation.

Jim’s book Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide is available. Get yours here

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