To conserve the 36 species of wild cats, their prey, and their habitat in perpetuity and to promote vibrant human communities nested within biologically rich, life-supporting ecosystems.
From wildlife science to anthropology, and art to engineering, University of Arizona is uniquely suited to fulfill the following mission:
- We inspire people, through the arts and sciences, to generate hope and create solutions for wild cats, nature, and mankind.
- As a highly collaborative and integrative center, we train, mentor, and support biologists and students around the world to conduct science-based studies of wild cats.
- We, our students, and our partners develop cultural and sociological skills to "cat"alyze tangible conservation of wild cats and their habitats worldwide.
- We solve conflicts between wild cats and humans (i.e. with respect to pets, livestock, high-value natural prey species, and human safety), and between people with varying perspectives about wild cats.
- We incorporate local people (citizen scientists) and schools in our programs to engage their interest, knowledge, and ownership of wild cat conservation.