A Mini-Series on Mountain Lions in California
Distributed by UC DAVIS’ KAREN C. DRAYER WILDLIFE HEALTH CENTER
California Mountain Lions Gets A Bonus Episode
Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation, the series is creating a BONUS episode “The Connection Conflict” based on the connectivity issue in Southern California. Due to highways and development, six out of the ten distinct mountain lion populations are pushed into isolation. This could easily result in inbreeding depression if these animals cannot successfully migrate across our structures.
Look for the episodes’ release on October 16th!
Online Premiere and Facebook LIVE
Hosted by P22, the mountain lion of Griffith Park, join us online for a premiere of the new film in the California Mountain Lion series, "The Connection Conflict." After the showing, the filmmakers, scientists and wildlife advocates will host a LIVE Q&A session.
October 16th @ 7:00PM PST
Link will be provided online HERE
Bonus Episode Showing at P22 Day
View our new and final episode at the National Wildlife Federation’s P22 Day; a festival dedicated to the lion of Griffith Park. All proceeds go to the Save the LA Cougars campaign and contribute to funding the Liberty Canyon overpass.
October 19th @ 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Shane’s Inspiration Playground in Griffith Park
Series Screening and Research Fundraiser
UC Davis’ Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center will be hosting a screening for California Mountain Lions. Enjoy a reception with small plates and drinks along with the filmmakers and wildlife biologists who’ve contributed to the series. Ticket costs will go towards mountain lion research in Southern California.
A note from the filmmakers…
Why are mountain lions important? Why do we care? Well, as top predators, they are huge contributors to a stable ecosystem. But also, they are the spirits of the west, mysteries in the forest, and legends of California. Most native Californians have never seen a mountain lion because they are so elusive, and yet certain populations are at risk.
Specifically, populations in wild lands around Southern California. Highways and development have divided what natural habitat remains for lions, which is causing a chain reaction: migrating lions are getting hit by cars and lions that are stuck are inbreeding. With California mountain lions already genetically divided into 10 sub-populations by mostly man-made barriers, other sub-groups in the state may also be at risk in the future.
In this series, we illustrate how mountain lions struggle for survival, and viewers like you will learn the importance of these big cats and how you can help to conserve them.
Your contribution will help complete the series and spread awareness about our legend of California.
Dr. T. Winston Vickers – Director and Lead Wildlife Veterinarian
Kate Remsen – Producer