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A Census of Federally Regulated Big Cat Populations within the United States as of December 2020

Garner Research & Consulting, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Academic Editor: Steven Monfort
J. Zool. Bot. Gard. 2021, 2(4), 517-530; https://doi.org/10.3390/jzbg2040037
Received: 19 August 2021 / Revised: 19 September 2021 / Accepted: 22 September 2021 / Published: 8 October 2021
No comprehensive assessment of the populations of big cats in federally regulated facilities in the United States is currently available. Concerns about big cat use are increasingly of strong public interest and the lack of data about their number and distribution has ramifications impacting zoological industry function, conservation programs, rescue work, and legislation. In this work a dataset has been compiled using publicly available USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) records and direct information requests. The resulting census was derived from the animal inventories listed on inspection records for all 2272 facilities with animal exhibition licenses. The total number of big cats in federally regulated facilities is on the order of 4100 animals and appears to be declining. View Full-Text
Keywords: big cat; Felidae; population biology big cat; Felidae; population biology
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Garner, R. A Census of Federally Regulated Big Cat Populations within the United States as of December 2020. J. Zool. Bot. Gard. 2021, 2, 517-530. https://doi.org/10.3390/jzbg2040037

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