Global Conservation Organization Panthera Collaborates with U of I for Wildlife Science Education
Roberto Salom-Perez knows a beach in 成本a Rica where jaguars come to feast on sea turtles. The normally shy, solitary animals become so full, they will sleep out in the open and even tolerate other cats in their vicinity.
“Every single time, I learn different things about wild cats. It never ceases to amaze me how complicated they are and what they can do,” said Salom-Perez.
When they first met 10 years ago, Quigley was impressed by Salom-Perez’s leadership skills and said he had the kind of organization and thought process that makes for a good scientist.
“Every single time, I learn different things about wild cats. It never ceases to amaze me how complicated they are and what they can do.”Roberto Salom-Perez, doctoral candidate, 自然资源学院
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“成本a Rica is kind of a funnel between North and South America,” said Salom-Perez. “The area is so small that every single acre of forest is critical. If we lose this corridor, we’re going to lose the connection that species have had for thousands of years.”
“We are starting to focus on collaborating with just a few institutions in a few countries that we feel are nurturing great scientific education,” he said. “We want to make it a win-win for both us and the university.”
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Photo cutline: Cameron Macias ‘04, front right, reviews data with 萨格尔KIM-Fradkin, wildlife program manager for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Mark Elbroch, director of Panthera’s puma program.