Category: cats

Good news for wild cat conservation in 2013

| January 1, 2014 | Reply

2013 has seen some great progress in the conservation of wild cats. Below are a few highlights: 1) Nepals Tigers increase by 63%. Nepal is an important country for tiger conservation and the population is connected to the Tigers northern India. As the WWF reports in Nepal’s tiger numbers climbing the Tiger numbers in Nepal […]

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Top predators making a comeback in Europe

| December 24, 2013 | Reply

Across Europe predators have been (and sadly sometimes still are) heavily persecuted. But thanks to legal protection and conservation efforts many are making a comeback and their numbers are increasing. A new report by the Zoological Society of London, BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) for the Rewilding Initiative lists many species […]

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Decline in rabbits a threat for Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle

| December 22, 2013 | Reply

Predators need prey. In the case of the Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle this means Eurasian Rabbits. Although both species also hunt other prey (the eagle probably more than the cat), the Eurasian Rabbit is a crucial part of their diet. Both the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle are among the rarest […]

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Tigers Forever: Important and beautiful new book about Tigers published

| December 17, 2013 | Reply

A spectacular new book about Tigers and their conservation has recently been published. It is called “Tigers forver” and is written by Steve Winters and others. Steve Winter is one of the best wildlife photographers in the world and Media director for Panthera, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of wild cats. The book has […]

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Grizzly Bears benefit from Wolves in Yellowstone

| December 4, 2013 | Reply

Grizzly Bears are omnivores. They eat both plants and meat. They can hunt for themselves, e.g. young Elk or Moose calves. They will also take over kills by other predators like Pumas or Wolves. In Yellowstone, when Wolves kill prey such as Elk, Bison or Moose, Grizzly Bears sometimes take over the kill and eat […]

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Livestock guarding dogs reduce killing of predators

| December 1, 2013 | Reply

The use of livestock guarding dogs can significantly reduce loss of animals to predators. For example, these dogs are used to keep away wolves from sheep in some European countries with great success. If the dogs help to reduce the loss of livestock, farmers might tolerate predators and stop shooting or poisoning them. A new […]

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New cat species discovered in Brazil

| November 29, 2013 | Reply

The number of known cat species has changed over the years. Today this is mostly due to advances in genetics when a known species in split in two or more new species. For example, this has happened with the Clouded Leopard that has been split into two species with the one living on Borneo and […]

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Corridors help Tigers and Leopards

| September 5, 2013 | Reply

Conservationists have known it for many years – corridors are an important conservation strategy for large mammals. A new study has now brought even more evidence that this is critical for predators like Leopards and Tigers. It is of great importance to protect the still existing corridors and where possible try to create new ones […]

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Good news and bad news for the Iberian Lynx

| July 28, 2013 | Reply

The Iberian Lynx is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. It was down to a low of 94 animals in the wild. Habitat destruction, illegal killing, road traffic and lack of prey (in the form of Eurapean Rabbits) made life difficult for the small cat. Now there is hope. As the Guardian […]

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Wild cat ecology and conservation news June 2013

| June 29, 2013 | Reply

Summary of important news about the ecology and conservation of wild cat species in June 2013: General: Antipoaching program by Panthera Wild cat NGO Panthera has started a new campaign to fight illegal poaching. Tiger: Dog Disease Infecting Tigers, Making Them Fearless. Canine distemper virus is threatening tigers in Russia and other places. Don’t blame […]

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