I am Jonatan Borling. I do freelance conservation work focusing mostly on wild cat species and large carnivores but also other wildlife, both in Sweden and around the world.
I work across several fields mixing field work in Sweden with international projects, writing, photography, lecturing, teaching, holding guided tours and making information material.
I’ve done various sorts of field work with Eurasian lynx, brown bear, gray wolf, moose, hare, capercaillie, otter and other species across Sweden. Internationally, I have worked with puma and jaguar in Brazil and black-footed cat in South Africa. I have also done a bit of zoo-keeping and information work with snow leopard, Amur leopard and other carnivores.
A lot of what I do is information work, such as public talks, teaching, information videos, photography and articles. Some of what I’ve covered in magazines are the Persian leopard reintroduction programme, the Amur leopard situation, the effects of border fences on wildlife and the conservation project for the Iberian lynx in Spain. I wrote a book on snow leopards in Swedish together with Jan Fleischmann back in 2014, talking about the species’ biology, research, threats, conservation and much more. It is possible that the book will be released in English in the future.
I also work with and within NGOs. I coordinated The Swedish Carnivore Association’s regional work between 2013 and 2014. I also occasionally organize conservation events, doing a couple of carnivores symposiums in 2004 and 2012.
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. It is one of four large carnivores in Sweden.
Current focal species
I am currently focusing my work on five species.
- Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)
- Puma (Puma concolor)
- Jaguar (Panthera onca)
- Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)
- Gray wolf (Canis lupus)
Some of my experiences
- Done media work about wildlife and nature for Mittmedia/Järvzoo and Biotopia
- 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
- Investigated puma livestock depredation in the Brazilian Caatinga in 2016/2017
- Censused large carnivores for the County Board of Uppsala (Länsstyrelsen i Uppsala) in the winter of 2017-2018
- Done field work at the Scandinavian Bear Project in 2006
- Censused otters for many years beginning in 2002 in Värmland, and also 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 in 2008
- Held numerous talks on large carnivore biology and conservation across Sweden
- Freelanced as a journalist and photographer writing mostly about wild cats and carnivores in newspapers and magazines
- Authored the snow leopard book “Snöleopard” together with Jan Fleischmann in 2014
- Held guided tours with wolf, moose, beaver, red deer and Eurasian lynx in Värmland and Uppsala
- Taught nature and biodiversity conservation, carnivore tourism, wildlife censusing techniques, rhetorics, photography, Photoshop, layout, InDesign and other things at Klarälvdalens folkhögskola
- Visited 22 countries on various expeditions and trips and worked in the field across Sweden
Scenes from my work over the years