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Laurie Marker (CCF) in the Netherlands

PICT4025Tuesday, February 18th 2014 Laurie Marker, the ambassador of the cheetah from Namibia, will give a presentation about her work as founder/director of Cheetah Conservation Fund for the endangered cheetah. It will take place in Leeuwarden, Van Hall Institute, 19h15. Everybody who has a heart for the cheetah with a wish to meet and hear Laurie speak is welcome, entry is free. We hope to see many of you in Leeuwarden.

Also see Laurie marker (CCF) and Jonathan Scott in London

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Jaguarondi (Herpailurus Yagouaroundi)

The jaguarundi (Herpailurus Yaguarondi) is a medium-sized wild cat. Not related to the jaguar, though the name seems to say otherwise, but it’s closely related to the cougar (puma) and also to the cheetah. It has short legs and an appearance somewhat like an otter; the ears are short and rounded. The coat is unspotted, uniform in colour, and varying from blackish to brownish grey (grey phase) or from foxy red to chestnut (red phase). The cat’s ranges from Southern Texas to South America.

As this cat is closely related to the much larger and heavier cougar, evident by its similar genetic structure and chromosome count count, the jaguarundi is also said to be in the genus Puma although it is more often classified under a separate genus, Herpailurus. Until recently both cats were classified under the genus Felis.

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