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..* WILD CATS *

There are 36 species of wild cat ranging from the largest of the felids - the (Siberian) Amur Tiger - to the tiny rusty spotted cat & the Black footed cat. Endemic wild cats are found on every continent except for Australia and antarctica.

(Feral cats are different as they are a species introduced accidentally or otherwise by man.)

Increasing human populations & exploitation of natural resources, combined with persecution & expansion into the wilderness, is pushing all of the true wild cats into decline & towards extinction. 

Wild cats are an indicator species - meaning that if their populations are healthy - so is their habitat & food chain.

Some are less vulnerable than others while certain species are labelled as critical such as the iberian lynx.

List of Wildcats

Cheetah

Caracal

Golden Cat - Asiatic/African

Black Footed Cat

Jaguarundi

Ocelot

Oncilla

Margay

Lynx - Iberian/Canada/Eurasian

Goeffroys Cat

Andean Mountain Cat

Leopard Cat

Flat-Headed Cat

Rusty Spotted Cat

Puma (mountain lion/cougar)

Clouded Leopard

Lion - Asiatic/African

Jaguar

Tiger

Marbled Cat

Snow Leopard

Bornean Bay Cat

Chinese Mountain Cat

Jungle Cat

Sand Cat

Wildcat (scottish/european)

Serval

Bobcat

Pampas Cat

Kodkod

Manul (Pallas cat)

Fishing Cat

Leopard - African

Leopard - Amur

You can encounter Big & wild cats in the U.K. whilst helping to fund their very survival.

Please visit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation website for more information.

The vast majority of modern day zoo's & wildlife parks are responsible, & work extremely hard to care for & conserve - not only the animals in their care - but their entire species & the ecology that supports them. Public opinion of zoos can be low, a remnant of past, arrogant insults that mankind has cast on nature. Perhaps you think that all zoo animals should be wild & free? So do their keepers, but sadly they would be in serious danger if released to habitat loss, starvation, & extinction at the hands of poachers etc.

The aim of British & Irish Zoo's & Aquariums is to secure a healthy - wild - future for wildlife via a network of active, captive & educational conservation, with the goals of release & repopulation into the wild when it is safe & realistic to be able to do so. We need to support conservation efforts wherever we can by visiting zoo's & aquariums, helping to finance the care of the animals within them & help them, to increase awareness that the smallest of our actions & even purchases can have profound consequences. The more money we can provide these centres, the larger the animal enclosures can be & the better care they can have! Hard financial times hit these animals too, as we become reluctant to pay money to visit them. It can cost £1000 per week to keep just 1 captive tiger alive & well!

The threats facing natures endangered animals are very real, & will have profound consequences if we do nothing. Please show your support for wildlife by visiting zoo's & aquariums!


 

The juvenile leopard cat that came into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, found straying in Chiswick!

The juvenile leopard cat that came into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, found straying in Chiswick!

The Eurasian lynx is the largest of the bob tailed cats, they are an intelligent cat with strong spacial awareness. They have a wide distribution across Eurasia

The Eurasian lynx is the largest of the bob tailed cats, they are an intelligent cat with strong spacial awareness. They have a wide distribution across Eurasia

The Pallas cat lives in the himalayan foothills & has the longest fur of any cat (winter coat)

The Pallas cat lives in the himalayan foothills & has the longest fur of any cat (winter coat)

Servals have the longest legs of any cat species, perfect for leaping in the air to catch a bird in flight & to raise those radar ears to locate prey.

Servals have the longest legs of any cat species, perfect for leaping in the air to catch a bird in flight & to raise those radar ears to locate prey.

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