About me

Working with black-footed cats in South Africa. This one is tranquilized and was to be fitted with a collar.

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.

Holding a talk about snow leopards at Järvzoo in Sweden.

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.

Working with puma and jaguar in Brazil. This is part of the team from Programa Amigos da Onça.

 

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)

 

“Snöleopard” by me and Jan Fleischmann, released in 2014.

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

 

Contact

Email: jonatan.borling[at]gmail.com

 

Scenes from my work over the years

Doing beaver safaris for Biotopia in June and August 2018.

 

I’m showing tracks from Euraisan lynx during a guided tour organized by Biotopia. February 2018.

Talking ten things you probably didn’t know about gray wolf in a video by Biotopia. September 2017

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.

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.

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.

Jan Fleischmann and myself searching for jaguars in Brazil, November 2015.

Holding a talk on snow leopards at Järvzoo, July 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.

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.

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I hold a talk entitled “Working with carnivores” at Karlstad University in March 2014. Photo: Linnéa Kjellberg

The International Snow Leopard Conservation Forum was hosted by the president of Kyrgyzstan.

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

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

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. Photo: Sandra Barba

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

I trek on Sonfjället scouting for brown bear. Photo: Madelene Blomqvist

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.

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.

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

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