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The Ultimate Guide to the Pallas Cat

If you’ve ever wanted to see what the combination of a house cat, a leopard, a raccoon, a red panda, and a monkey would look like, then the Pallas’ Cat is the embodiment of your dream. These fluffy, furry cats native to the Central Asia steppe are incredibly cute, but not well understood. We wanted to bring more awareness to the world about this awesome feline species and that’s why we’ve put together the Ultimate Guide to The Pallas Cat. Don’t forget to read the end of the post to find out how you can help save this threatened species!

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Pampas Cat (Oncifelis Colocolo)

This is a juvenile Pampas Cat, photographed at about 13,500 feet (4100 meters). The adults aren’t much bigger than this little one, so you can imagine how small these cats really are. At between 6.5 and 9 lbs (3-4 kg) they are smaller than your house cat.
Their numbers are decreasing due to mining, loss of prey, and direct persecution among other threats.

This image is part of Cat in Thin Air, a photojournalistic project showcasing the endangered Andean Mountain Cat with concrete goals to help its conservation.


Machali, Queen of the tigers

Honorable ‘funeral’ for the Grand Lady of Ranthambhore National Park (India), tigress Machali,  who passed away Thursday 16th of August 2016, due to old age. The funeral and memorial she deserves, what a special ‘cat’. We will never forget meeting her up close, hearing her roar and seeing her make a kill, even with one canine left (see link to video).



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Wildcat Guarded Body of Drowned U.S. Child in Costa Rica

Red Cross volunteers searching for a drowned young tourist from the United States were led to discovery by a jaguarundi (eyra cat, similar to a mountain lion), which seemed to be guarding the deceased child.

As reported by The Costa Rica Star earlier this week, a flash flood swept away three U.S. tourists swimming in the Blanco river in the Rincon de la Vieja (Old Woman’s Corner) National Park, province of Guanacaste. Two victims, a 67-year old woman, a 38-year old man were recovered by Red Cross rescuers on the day of the incident. The 6-year old child would be found a day later.

On Friday morning, rescuers were combing the riverbank about a kilometer from the spot where the boy was last seen, when their attention turned to a jaguarundi that was pacing in a semicircular pattern while grunting towards the water.



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Rusty Spotted Cat (Prionailurus Rubiginosus)

The Rusty-spotted Cat rivals (and may exceed) the South African Black footed cat (Felis nigripes) as the world’s smallest wild cat. The rusty-spotted cat is 35 to 48 centimetres (14 to 19 inch) in length, with a 15 to 30 centimetres (5.9 to 12 in) tail, and weighs only 0.9 to 1.6 kilograms (2.0 to 3.5 lb). Being one of the lesser studied South Asian carnivores it has been listed as vulnerable by IUCN only in 2002. It is hunted for food in some areas by local human populations.

Rusty-spotted cats have a relatively restricted distribution. They mainly occur in moist and dry deciduous forests as well as scrub and grassland in India and Sr Lanka, but are likely absent from evergreen forest. They prefer dense vegetation and rocky areas.

There are two subspecies:

Prionailurus rubiginosus rubiginosus, India
Prionailurus rubiginosus phillipsi, Sri Lanka