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The Sand Cat – Desert Cat Extraordinaire

The Sand Cat – Desert Cat Extraordinaire
Don’t be fooled by the off the scale cuteness quotient. This is the Sand Cat – or Felis margarita, a little known species of desert cat. In the wild it lives in areas that are too hot and dry for any other cat- the deserts of Africa and Asia, including the Sahara. It is the only desert species of cat known to us. As such, this cat is one tough cookie. It also lives in the Arabian desert and those of Iran and Pakistan, yet despite being so widespread it was not described by a European until 1858. He named it Felis margarita after Jean August Margueritte. To an extent the sand cat could be mistaken for a domestic cat but there are differences, noticeably the very broad head. Likewise with their height – they usually grow to about six centimeters taller than the domestic cat. One difference from the cats that we know which is difficult to see in these pictures is the fur that the cats have between their toes. As they mostly eat rodents, they do a lot of digging. Related:  Various Wild Cats

Manul – the Cat that Time Forgot Have you ever wanted to take a trip through time to see what animals looked like millions of years ago? When it comes to cats there is little or no need. This beautiful specimen is a Manul, otherwise known as Pallas’s Cat. About twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since. The other species, Martelli’s Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats. Although the Manul is only the size of the domestic cat, reaching about 26 inches in length its appearance makes it appear somewhat larger. The main reason for its survival throughout the ages has been its isolation. Take a close look at the eyes of the Manul. It also has a much shorter face than other cats, which makes its face look flattened. The Manus has not been studied a great deal in the wild, where it is classified as near threatened. Don’t rush to your local pet store, however.

"A Close Shave" Дата: 14.05.2010Рубрики: Дикая природа | Комментарии (33)Теги: волк, лев, медведь, пантера, тигр Loading ... Забудьте про камеры с дистанционным управлением или спрятанные в камнях и на деревьях объективы. Джонатан Гриффитс предпочитает делать снимки самостоятельно, причем, на расстоянии нескольких сантиметров от диких зверей. English version: A Close Shave (Всего 15 фото) Хочешь разместить свою рекламу здесь? 1. 2. 32-летний фотограф терпел 40-градусные морозы канадских лесов и степей, чтобы завоевать доверия каждой своей «модели» в течение двух-трех дней. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Опубликовать статью у себя в блоге: Комментарии

Scottish Wildcat Association Panthera and NG Team Up to Save Big Cats (This text is taken mainly from the National Geographic press release announcing the collaboration.) (Washington, D.C.) – National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) has formed an important collaboration with Panthera, the world’s leading organization devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 37 wild cat species. Together, their aim is to further the global fight to save big cats in the wild. Officials from the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding designating Panthera as a scientific and strategic collaborator on the BCI. The collaboration will facilitate the development and implementation of global conservation strategies for the most imperiled cats around the world, including tigers, lions, leopards and cheetahs. (Read “Politics Is Killing the Big Cats” by legendary biologist and Panthera Vice President George B. To help guide strategy, an advisory group composed of representatives from each organization has been established. More Big Cats

Cats are going extinct: 12 most endangered feline species Today, May 17th, is Endangered Species Day. We are celebrating it by bringing attention to the diverse and beautiful felid species around the world that are in danger of becoming extinct. The following species are either currently listed as endangered or vulnerable. We hope that by learning about these amazing relatives of our well-loved domestic cats, readers will be encouraged to act to protect these species. First up is the well-known snow leopard. This iconic cat lives in the unbelievably cold habitats of alpine and subalpine areas Central Asia and is rarely ever seen in the wild based in part because of its elusive nature and in part because there are so few left in the world. But there are many lesser-known feline species, some that you may never have even heard of before.

Calvin Klein Cologne Attracts Wild Cats Designers often advertise that their perfume and cologne products drive sniffers wild. But I think even Calvin Klein himself might be surprised to learn that his cologne, Obsession for Men, attracts jaguars, pumas and other wildlife, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. (Jaguar caught sniffing Calvin Klein Obsession for Men; Credit for all images: WCS) The WCS has just admitted that its researchers have been using the popular cologne to draw animals in front of remote cameras set up in the wilderness. The cameras are triggered by an infra-red beam, permitting candid shots of animals as they come by to investigate. One place where this technique is now being used is at the Maya Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Central America. Pat Thomas, General Curator of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, came up with the unusual cologne-attractant technique. The big cats rubbed, sniffed, pawed, and otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the designer cologne. “Calvin The

Iberian Lynx, Most Endangered Wild Cat (ENDANGERED SPECIES) Hope for the world’s most endangered wild cat, the Iberian lynx, has arrived! For the first time, scientists have successfully collected and preserved the feline’s embryos which may help save the species. The cat’s declining population is in critical condition with less than 200 accounted for a decade ago. The Iberian lynx is the world’s most endangered wild cat. Live Science, Megan Gannon It seems counterintuitive that castration could help save a species facing extinction. Conservationists are hoping the fertilized eggs could be implanted into a surrogate mother of a closely related species, possibly a Eurasian lynx female. One Iberian lynx named Azahar, which was part of a breeding program in Silves, Portugal, had problems giving birth and underwent two emergency Caesarean sections in two consecutive pregnancies. The group of specialists also intervened when scientists decided to castrate a female Iberian lynx in captivity in Doñana, Spain.

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