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All cats (big & small) r beautiful! Cat Conservation is a free internet service dedicated to getting the word out on the latest cat conservation news!

Mission: To help all cats by creating awareness of different types of cats and the challenges they face surviving in this world dominated by humans.

I was hesitant to share this as I thought this might be clickbait. After reading this, I think it's either an isolated p...
06/21/2019
Meet the 'cat-fox,' a mysterious mammal found in Corsica that could be a new species

I was hesitant to share this as I thought this might be clickbait. After reading this, I think it's either an isolated population of the African #wildcat or possibly (but less likely) a hybrid of European and African wildcats. In any case this is most fascinating.

The 'cat-fox,' a mysterious feline that roams the French island of Corsica, may be a new species, according to wildlife officials.

Mountain lions have been well studied in the US and Canada, but much less is known of the #pumas (as they are called in ...
06/15/2019
Pumas of The Chilean Forests

Mountain lions have been well studied in the US and Canada, but much less is known of the #pumas (as they are called in the rest of the Americas) throughout the rest of their range. This interview with a researcher discusses the work done to uncover the lives of those magnificent cats in #Chile.

For the most part mountain lions remain generally misunderstood by the majority of the public and, in most places in North America these cats are still very highly persecuted. Naturally shy with co…

The leopard #cat has a very wide range, ranging from India to the Russian Far East. In Southeast Asia, it is one of four...
06/07/2019

The leopard #cat has a very wide range, ranging from India to the Russian Far East. In Southeast Asia, it is one of four small cats that live in the area. #LeopardCat

The Sunda Leopard Cat, usually seen hanging around puddles, hoping to catch a frog or two.

Camera traps in #Iran reveal 3 Persian #leopards and the ultra rare Asiatic #cheetah!
05/24/2019
Three Persian leopards, one cheetah spotted in Semnan

Camera traps in #Iran reveal 3 Persian #leopards and the ultra rare Asiatic #cheetah!

SEMNAN, May 22 (MNA) – Three Persian leopards and an Asiatic cheetah have been spotted in Khar Turan National Park of Shahroud, Semnan province, a senior official at the Department of Environment (DOE) said.

Some tidbits about the #jaguarundi!
05/09/2019

Some tidbits about the #jaguarundi!

The jaguarundi is the second smallest wild cat in #wildBelize, also known as the “halari”. This cat resemblance the weasel family because of its small flattened head and rounded ears.

The jaguarundi can grow to be 2-4 feet long and 10-24 inches tall, weight 12-18 pounds and live up to 15-22 years. It also varies in color from a black to dark gray morph to yellowish-red morph depending on its habitat. Its habitat ranges from dense forests, riparian areas to drier scrub areas, making it vulnerable to deforestation and habitat loss.

This solitary animal has as many as 13 separate vocalizations including whistles, purrs, yaps, bird-like chirps or even a scream, so don’t be afraid if you hear strange noise in the forest.

The jaguarundi hunts both at night and day. Although the jaguarundi hunts mostly on the ground, it is also a good climber and swimmer.

The rare #Persian subspecies of #leopard is in the spotlight with a sighting of a family in #Turkey.
04/25/2019
Leopard sightings astound villagers in southeastern Turkey

The rare #Persian subspecies of #leopard is in the spotlight with a sighting of a family in #Turkey.

An adult leopard and its three cubs have recently been spotted near a village in southeastern Turkey's Diyarbakır province. Shepherds from Karabudak...

I should have known yesterday was International Pallas' Cat Day! 😱 Ugh, I missed it!
04/24/2019

I should have known yesterday was International Pallas' Cat Day! 😱 Ugh, I missed it!

Yesterday was International Pallas's cat day and we missed it 🙀! To make up for it here is a collection of our favourite Pallas's cat pictures, some facts and a link to make some Pallas's cat origami and other education tools 😻

To find out more about Pallas's cats and other small cat species check out our website: www.felis-uk.com

04/24/2019
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Video footage of a marbled #cat from #Sumatra. Note the tail being nearly straight horizontally. #MarbledCat

Kucing batu (Pardofelis marmorata) adalah kucing liar kecil dari Asia Selatan dan Asia Tenggara. Sejak 2002, ia terdaftar dalam spesies rentan olhe IUCN seperti yang terjadi kepadatan yang rendah, dan ukuran total populasi efektif diduga kurang dari 10000 individu dewasa, dengan tiada populasi tunggal berjumlah lebih dari 1000. Di Indonesia kucing batu termasuk hewan yang dilindungi meskipun dalam PP Nomer 7 Tahun 1999, penyebutan spesies ini menggunakan nama ‘kuwuk’ dan nama ilmiah Felis marmorata.

Selain ukurannya yang kecil, seukuran kucing rumahan (domestik) kucing batu (Pardofelis marmorata) terkenal sebagai kucing yang gesit terutama saat kucing batu berada di atas pohon.

Selain gesit, kucing batu juga terkenal dengan pola bulunya yang indah. Lantaran bulunya ini pula spesies kucing liar ini banyak diburu terutama untuk diambil kulitnya sebagai hiasan. Kucing batu dalam bahasa Inggris mempunyai nama Marbled Cat.

Diskripsi dan Ciri. Kucing batu atau Marbled Cat mempunyai ukuran tubuh yang agak kecil. Panjang tubuh kucing batu berkisar antara 45-62 cm dengan panjang ekor 35-55 cm dan tubuh seberat 2-5 kg. Bulu pada tubuhnya didominasi oleh warna kecoklatan, abu-abu, kuning dan hitam dengan pola totol yang hampir menyerupai macan dahan (Neofelis diardi).

Kucing batu pun memiliki ekor yang panjang dan berbulu sangat tebal. Ukuran dan bentuk ekor ini mempunyai fungsi sebagai penjaga keseimbangan ketika kucing batu bergerak di dahan atau ranting pohon. Selain itu, kedua pasang kakinya besar dan kokoh.

Kucing liar ini termasuk binatang malam (nokturnal) yang beraktifitas pada malam hari dalam kawasan kekuasaan (teritorial) mencapai 6 km persegi. Makanan utama kucing batu adalah berbagai jenis burung, tupai, tikus dan reptil.

Meskipun lebih sering menghabiskan waktu dan beraktifitas di atas dahan pohon namun kucing batu terkadang juga turun di tanah baik untuk berburu mangsa maupun untuk mencari mangsa.

Quick facts about the marbled #cat, one of the "standard four" feline species prevalent in southeast #Asia. #MarbledCat
04/23/2019

Quick facts about the marbled #cat, one of the "standard four" feline species prevalent in southeast #Asia. #MarbledCat

Know Your Pardofelis
The genus Pardofelis contains just one lesser-known felid from Southeast Asia, the striking Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata.) The Marbled Cat has a short, more rounded head than other felines and its markings are similar to those seen on the clouded leopards. It has a very long bushy tail perfectly adapted for providing added balance in an arboreal life in the tropical forests. Population numbers are decreasing as a result of habitat destruction and poaching for its fur. Now You Know Your Pardofelis!

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04/23/2019
Seeking the Andean Cat

This is a cool hunting sequence starring the #Andean #cat. Seeking the Andean Cat, a page devoted to documenting the elusive feline, has many other videos of this species. #AndeanCat

Happy earth day with incredible and unique Andean cat video. Thanks to Emilio who donated us to buy these magnificent cameras.

As people expand their territories, inevitably they encounter wildlife that occupied the land first. This makes for man-...
04/20/2019
‘It’s pretty unmistakable’: Lynx spotted near downtown Edmonton

As people expand their territories, inevitably they encounter wildlife that occupied the land first. This makes for man-other animal meetings that can cause conflict, although this example from #Edmonton in #Canada and involving a Canadian #lynx is much more peaceful. #CanadianLynx

A local man spotted a lynx in north Glenora on Thursday afternoon.

04/16/2019
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A short clip about the #kodkod AKA #güiña, the smallest cat in the Americas and rarely documented.

The Kodkod, also called güiña, is the smallest cat in the Americas. Kodkods are active in both the night and the day depending on their habitat. Like most cats its a solitary hunter and is arboreal. Their fur is a browny-grey colour although melanistic Kodkods are quite common. Found primarily in Chile and Argentina, its thought less than 10,000 individuals remain.

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This research goes into the little studied African golden #cat and how it, the #serval, and different species of civets ...
04/09/2019
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This research goes into the little studied African golden #cat and how it, the #serval, and different species of civets and mongooses coexist. This research is crucial as it also looks into a wild area without any big cats. #SouthAfrica #AfricanGoldenCat

Dr David Mills sets a camera trap to monitor the small carnivores of Kibale National Park in Uganda. Secret World of Africa’s Small Carnivores Explored in PhD ResearchBY: .The African golden cat (Caracal aurata) is an elusive, rare and seldom studied small carnivore endemic to tropical Africa. Inc...

(Apologies for the graphic image) This is an article that should be labeled "What the Heck?" One of the officials in Mia...
04/05/2019
Miaoli County Councilor says 'too many Le... | Taiwan News

(Apologies for the graphic image) This is an article that should be labeled "What the Heck?" One of the officials in Miaoli county in #Taiwan mentioned that there's been a huge explosion in the population of leopard #cats, which supposedly has resulted in more leopard cats being killed by vehicles. Actually the causes are various, like no speed restrictions and excessive building of roads, but they have nothing to do with felines. #LeopardCat

Video shows Miaoli County Councilor claiming recent deaths of endangered Taiwan leopard cats due to overpopulation.Video has surfaced showing a Miaoli County Councilor blaming the uptick in deaths of Taiwan leopard cats on overpopulation.

#China has many wild #cat species, one of which is the Pallas' cat. Recently in that country, a Pallas' cat mother with ...
04/04/2019
Pallas's cat mother with 5 babies spotted in Qilian Mountains

#China has many wild #cat species, one of which is the Pallas' cat. Recently in that country, a Pallas' cat mother with 5 kittens were spotted (pun not intended). #PallasCat

Images of a Pallas's cat mother with her five kittens were captured by infrared camera in the Qilian Mountains of Qinghai province.

Most people think of tigers and possibly leopards when one talks about wild cats in #India, especially the northeast cor...
04/01/2019
Camera traps reveal secret lives of rarely studied small cats

Most people think of tigers and possibly leopards when one talks about wild cats in #India, especially the northeast corner. However, there are many other species in that area. In particular and especially for this research are the clouded leopard, marbled #cat, Asian golden cat, and leopard cat. #AsianGoldenCat #CloudedLeopard #MarbledCat #LeopardCat

The team obtained 783 photo captures from around 27,500 trap nights between 2013 and 2018

Some really good photography of a #caracal in South Africa. This is from a really cool monitoring project there. #SouthA...
04/01/2019

Some really good photography of a #caracal in South Africa. This is from a really cool monitoring project there. #SouthAfrica

City slicker #TMC33 #Hermes sighted again! This time on top of #TableMountain with a stunning urban backdrop ⛰🏙#urbancaracalproject #urbancaracal #rooikat #urbanwildlife #wildlifephotography #greenpointstadium #harbour #capetown #southafrica 📷 Petra van der Berg & Lars Hurenkamp @ Table Mountain National Park

The #Sundarbans is most famous for its tiger population, but the striped feline is not the only wild #cat species there....
03/23/2019
A Fishing Cat Kitten in the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve

The #Sundarbans is most famous for its tiger population, but the striped feline is not the only wild #cat species there. There are also leopard cats and fishing cats...especially one particular kitten featured in this article. #FishingCat

Sundarbans in West Bengal has become popular for increased tiger sightings. However, the sighting of lesser cats, like the Leopard Cat and the Fishing Cat, still remains rare due to their nocturnal habits. In fact…

03/21/2019

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03/14/2019

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On World Wildlife Day, learn a bit about these 5 #cat species!
03/03/2019

On World Wildlife Day, learn a bit about these 5 #cat species!

To celebrate #worldwildlifeday here are 5 pictures of small wild cats you may not have heard of before.
There are 33 small wild cat species of which 12 are endangered and almost all have numbers shrinking due to habitat loss. Awareness is the first step to saving some of these beautiful cat species. Help us to raise awareness of all cat species, even the small ones #WWD2019

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This news has been making the rounds, although I suspect the rangers saw a leopard #cat instead of a clouded leopard. #T...
03/02/2019
Taiwan: Extinct leopard subspecies allegedly seen by rangers

This news has been making the rounds, although I suspect the rangers saw a leopard #cat instead of a clouded leopard. #Taiwan #LeopardCat #CloudedLeopard

This week news broke that a Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura) was spotted by rangers in a remote part of Taiwan. Officially declared extinct in 2013 after a years-long project to capture one on camera failed, community rangers now say that they saw the creatures twice last year....

Every green place matters, especially with a #leopard subspecies like the #Javan
02/26/2019
New map shows every forest matters in helping save the Javan leopard

Every green place matters, especially with a #leopard subspecies like the #Javan

The big cats of Java haven’t had it easy. First to vanish was the Sunda clouded leopard, a small species that today survives only on Borneo and Sumatra. Next to go was the Javan tiger, last glimpsed slinking through Meru Betiri National Park in 1976. Today, the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas...

The #caracal is typically thought to be an African animal, but this feline ranges from Africa through the Middle East al...
02/24/2019
Arabian caracal spotted for first time in Abu Dhabi in 35 years

The #caracal is typically thought to be an African animal, but this feline ranges from Africa through the Middle East all the way to India. What might be a bit of a surprise is finding this #cat around a huge complex city like Abu Dhabi. #UAE #AbuDhabi

The cat is becoming increasingly rare due to illegal hunting and habitat destruction, the emirate's environment agency said

On the heels of the recent #melanistic leopard sighting, there have been photos cropping up of melanistic cats in Kenya ...
02/19/2019

On the heels of the recent #melanistic leopard sighting, there have been photos cropping up of melanistic cats in Kenya (where the leopard was discovered) and other parts of Africa. This possible melanistic #African #wildcat was documented in #Ethiopia. (I did some reading and found there was a confirmed sighting of a melanistic leopard in Ethiopia as well, although it was from years ago.)

AFRICAN WILDCAT: Very interesting photos sent in from a sighting of what appears to be a melanistic African Wildcat, Bale Mountain National Park, Ethiopia by Xavier Morel.
Photos copyright Xavier Morel.

The leopard #cat (here called Bengal cat) is the most widespread cat in Asia. Typically one associates this feline with ...
02/17/2019

The leopard #cat (here called Bengal cat) is the most widespread cat in Asia. Typically one associates this feline with Southeast Asia or even the Indian subcontinent, but this individual is from the far east of #Russia. Note the fur thickness compared to those cats in the tropics. #LeopardCat

Wildlife photographer Valery Maleyev came to ‘hunt’ for a Far Eastern leopard, but after days of patient waiting got pictures of another rare feline, a Far Eastern Forest cat (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilurus). These small and gracious animals are believed to be a rare subspecies of Bengal cats; they are on the international and local Red Lists of Threatened Species ФГБУ "Земля леопарда" имени Николая Воронцова

The #serval is another African #cat known to have a #melanistic form. This gorgeous example is from #Kenya.
02/16/2019

The #serval is another African #cat known to have a #melanistic form. This gorgeous example is from #Kenya.

I was holding back a few of these images from social media but now feel the world needs to be aware of rare sightings such as this from Kenya.

Below are two images of a Melanistic Serval that i photographed in Amboseli, while staying at the wonderful Tortilis Camp. My guide during my stay was JP and i completely owe this once in a lifetime sighting to him and the wonderful folk at Tortilis....

Image1: Here we see the Serval marking its territory by scratching on a dead tree, i have only seen big cats doing this, for me this was quite rare to see from a small cat in open country....

Image 2: This beauty was so comfortable around us that it went about its job of finding it's evening meal....here we see it is launching itself in the midst of a hunt....

Best viewed on a full screen....

©Vinayak Shankar Photography
Location: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Year: Nov '18

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