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[ Trick or Treat for Big Cats ]

From lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats of the world need help. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other top felines are quickly disappearing, all victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans.

To address this critical situation, the National Geographic Society and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, have launched the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign. “We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to big cats,” says Dereck Joubert. “They are in such a downward spiral that if we hesitate now, we will be responsible for extinctions across the globe. If there was ever a time to take action, it is now.” You can help make a difference. Your donation can help save a big cat and ensure the Earth is not without these majestic creatures. You also can help by signing up for Big Cats Initiative updates with the Explorers Newsletter.

Collect coins for big cats this Halloween season and join the community of big cats lovers. Trick-or-treaters can help save the big cats from extinction by collecting money for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. Download a canister wrap to make your own collection boxes, or participate as a school or classroom through the Big Cats School Challenge. To learn more, download the handbook. Get excited to help the big cats this Halloween and most important, don’t forget to ROAR!”

Visit the Big Cats Initiative website here to find Big Cat costumes, masks, pumpkin patterns, and tons more!

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