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Projects in Progress at Spotted Cats Conservation, SA

Ever since June this year there’s work in progress at our Spotted Cats Conservation Project in SA. After the huge leopard enclosure, projects for black-footed cats, servals, caracals have been started and finished.
The huge new camp for lions Chuck and Norris has been worked on hard by Francois Erasmus and his workers as we speak. Hopefully this will be finished by the end of this year so that both “Ambassadors Against Canned Hunting” can move in.

Early next year another project will be started: Leopards Phase II, with another huge enclosure and new leopards coming in to form future couples with resident leopards Feline and Felix.

At the caracalproject male Leo will join female Lea, and the ashes of late caracal Nina will be spread there. This will officially open the caracalproject, honouring Nina who died of human cruelty in sanctuary/Stichting Leeuw (Lion), Landgoed Hoenderdaell, Anna Paulowna in the Netherlands.

Of course we are relying solely on gifts and sponsoring, and we like to express our gratitude and heartfelt sympathy to the generousity of some supporters, who already helped us to realise so many fantastic projects, creating the life our great cats deserve!
By volunteering at our project you can also support us! For more info please contact us or follow us on Facebook, Twitter (see the icons in the header) or on the website wildcatsworld.org.

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Cat of the month

Borneo Bay Cat (Pardofelis Badia)

One of the world’s least-known and most endangered wild cats, the bay cat, has been photographed by Panthera grantees Jedediah Brodie (Universiti Malaysia Sabah/ University of British Columbia) and Anthony Giordano (S.P.E.C.I.E.S/Texas Tech University). Their photograph is the first record of this very elusive cat in the Borneo highlands, at 1460 meters (approximately 4,800 feet).

The records add to our very limited knowledge of the species, which was photographed alive for the first time only in 1998 and where most previous records are from dense lowland forest under 800 meters (approximately 2,600 feet).

Borneo’s bay cat is so elusive that it took over a century before researchers got a chance to study a live one in detail. Covered in striking, rust-red fur with white under the tail and face stripes, this cat was officially named in 1874 on the basis of a skull and torn skin sent to England by the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. Naturalists didn’t have a chance to study a live one until a bay cat was captured in 1992, and the cat remains so difficult to find that researchers know very little about how this secretive cat actually lives. The fact that the cat is so difficult to find is all the more frustrating because conservationists list the felid as endangered. The deforestation of Borneo may wipe out the bay cat before scientists get a chance to find out more about it.

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