I am Jonatan Borling, a freelance conservation biologist based in Uppsala, Sweden. I work mostly with large carnivores and wild cat species in Sweden and around the world.
Over the years, I have worked in several different fields, doing field work on black-footed cats in South Africa, working with zoo-keeping with snow leopards and other carnivores at a conservation station, spotting for snow leopards in the Himalaya, censusing otters, working with Eurasian lynx in the wild in Sweden and much more.
A lot of what I do is information work, such as public talks, teaching, information videos, photography, articles and books. I also work with NGOs and sometimes organize conservation events.
One of my first projects was with Eurasian lynx in Sweden where we did snow tracking for one winter season and also interviewed locals about the decline of roe deer, its main prey. Eurasian lynx has since been one of my focal species.
Together with Jan Fleischmann, I published the book Snöleopard (Snow Leopard) in Swedish in October 2014, with an English version to be published in the future. I am currently working on future books.
I am currently focusing my work on three species
- Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)
- Jaguar (Panthera onca)
- Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)
- Led working groups organizing two carnivore symposiums in Sweden, in 2004 and 2012
- Conducted three field projects on Eurasian lynx. In the first we examined lynx movement and prey selection and also estimated the roe deer population in the study area based on observations by locals. We also investigated the local people’s views on what caused the roe deer population to decline
- In the second lynx project, conducted a small field study with financial support from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation investigating the possibility to develop tourism on Eurasian lynx
- In the third lynx project, studied Eurasian lynx habitat and prey selection with GPS-collared lynx at Grimsö wildlife research station
- Done field work at the Scandinavian Bear Project
- Censused otters since 2002 in Värmland and 2007 in Västerbotten
- Censused moose, roe deer, capercaillie, hare, lynx and marten by tracks, droppings and by helicopter throughout Sweden
- Investigated how much moose forage on pine trees throughout Sweden starting in 2010
- Been a board member of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation regional branch in Värmland for two years
- Been a board member of the Swedish Carnivore Association for one year
- Worked as the regional coordinator for the Swedish Carnivore Association 2013-2014
- Been convener of the nominating committee of the Swedish Carnivore Association 2015-2016
- Done field work on black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) in South Africa, working with radio-collared cats
- Worked one summer with zoo-keeping and information with snow leopards, Amur leopards and other carnivores at the conservation station Nordens Ark
- Held numerous talks on large carnivore conservation and lynx biology throughout Sweden
- Freelanced as a journalist and photographer writing mostly about wild cats and carnivores in Swedish regional newspapers as well as magazines
- Together with Swedish author and photographer Jan Fleischmann produced the book Snöleopard (literally “Snow Leopard”) which was released on 23 October 2014. The book will be released in English in a revised version at a later point
- Visited 20 countries on various expeditions and trips and worked in the field across nearly all of Sweden
Scenes from my work
In three videos released in 2017 by Biotopia’s Naturpodden and Natursidan.se, I teach how to identify tracks of grey wolf, Eurasian lynx and brown bear.
Camping up on Flatruet in Jämtland during the Arctic fox introduction course, June 2016. Photo: Staffan Wallner.
My role as the “Professor” in Mittmedia’s nature documentary series Vildriket, where I talk about interesting phenomena in nature. February 2016.
Jan Fleischmann and myself searching for jaguars in Brazil, November 2015.
Holding a talk on snow leopards at Järvzoo, July 2015. Photo: Jan Fleischmann.
Jan Fleischmann and myself at the release party for our snow leopard book “Snöleopard”. It was released on the International Snow Leopard Day, 23 October 2014.
I hold a talk entitled “Working with carnivores” at Karlstad University in March 2014. Photo: Linnéa Kjellberg
Participating in the International Snow Leopard Conservation Forum, hosted by the president of Kyrgyzstan.
Working as the host of a seminar organized by the Swedish Carnivore Association in the fall of 2013. Photo: Marie Bergquist
Searching for Asiatic lions in Gir National Park in India in the last days of 2012. Photo: Josefine Söderlund
I visit the awesome team from the El Acebuche breeding center for the highly endangered Iberian lynx in the fall of 2012. Photo: Sandra Barba
Holding a talk on lynx biology at Nordens Ark for the Swedish Society for Carnivore Conservation in October, 2012. Photo: Ingemar Pettersson
Trekking on Sonfjället scouting for brown bear in the fall of 2012. Photo: Madelene Blomqvist
Looking at how much moose forage on pine trees in the summer of 2012.
Spotting for snow leopards in the Himalayas in Febuary 2012. Photo: Jan Fleischmann
Holding a talk on the effects of what we eat on conservation in late 2011. Photo: Kai Zimmerl
Värmlands folkblad interviews me and Vargen Johansson during an otter census in the fall of 2011. Photo: Värmlands folkblad
Working with black-footed cats in South Africa in 2011. This one is sedated but will not be fitted with a radio-collar since it is just a bit too small. Photo: Beryl Wilson
Out scouting for wolf and moose in the winter of 2011. I am showing frozen scats from a wolf pup. Photo: Mareike Pollitt
We are mostly up in the air spotting for moose during a moose census in Dalarna and Norrbotten in 2010. Photo: Johan Truvé
Found signs of otter during the otter census in Värmland in 2010. Photo: Filip Jansson
Censusing moose, roe deer, hare and capercaillie at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station in April and May of 2010.
Pointing at wolf scats in northern Värmland in the winter of 2009. Photo: Eleonor Gladh
Out looking for wolf and lynx tracks in the winter of 2009.
Taking pictures of lynx in 2009 during a one day visit to Skånes Djurpark to see how they work with zoo-keeping. Photo: Emelie Nilsson
Working with snow leopards, Amur leopards and other carnivores at the conservation station Nordens Ark in 2008 doing zoo-keeping and guiding.
Taking pictures of wolverines during a day off from work at Nordens Ark.
Pointing at signs of otter during an otter census in Västerbotten in the fall of 2007.
I helped out at the Scandinavian Bear Project in the summer of 2006. This is by a bear den that had just been dug out.
A moose says Hi during a visit to a moose park outside of Åre in 2005.
Together with Mikael Jansson I analyzed scats that we collected of lynx in the winter of 2004 to find out what they had been preying upon.
I watch as the Nyskoga wolf pack male has been tranquilized by Grimsö researchers and fitted with a GPS-collar in 2003. Photo: Lena Brorsdotter