Dr. Wai-Ming Wong joined Panthera in 2013 as the Tiger Program Manager and now serves as the Director of the Small Cats Program. In this role, Dr. Wong leads the strategic development of small cat conservation strategies across the globe from Patagonia to Borneo, addressing the critical scientific knowledge gaps and threats small cats face.
Dr. Wong brings almost a decade’s worth of experience as a Conservation Biologist. His earliest big cat research was in Zimbabwe tracking leopards using telemetry in Matobo National Park. He then spent a year working across Thailand on various bear and tiger-related conservation issues, before embarking on a Ph.D. at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. Throughout his doctoral work, Dr. Wong was based in Kerinci Seblat National Park, a Level 1 Tiger Conservation Landscape in west-central Sumatra. As part of his research, he investigated the impacts of deforestation and agricultural expansion on large-bodied mammal populations using the sun bear as a focal species, while also managing a tiger monitoring program. Wai-Ming’s other conservation interests include human-wildlife conflict and conservation technology.
Photo Credits: Sebastian Kennerknecht
Panthera’s Small Cats Program
Panthera TV Interview with Wai-Ming Wong
Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance