Johanna Taylor, or Jo, joined Panthera’s Leopard Program full-time in 2017 as a research technician. Originally from the United States of America, Jo is now based out of Cape Town, South Africa, although she spends the majority of the year travelling across South Africa helping to manage and run the Panthera camera trap surveys looking at leopard populations.
After earning a B.Sc. in conservation ecology and wildlife resources, she entered in the zoological field working with big cats and African ungulates at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium where she was part of a successful breeding program of rare and genetically valuable Amur leopards and Amur tigers. Jo joined the wild cat conservation field in 2010 while working for National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. In 2016, she moved to Namibia to take up the role of assistant operations manager for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. There, she ran surveys within the Great Waterberg Landscape, Namibia monitoring cheetah and rhino populations. At the beginning of 2018, she began work on her M.Sc. dissertation focusing on population densities of the rarely studied serval in South Africa through iCWild.