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2012 – present: Wild Cats World / Spotted Cats Conservation – South Africa

In 2011 we started our Wild Cats World projects in South Africa. In June 2012 we established the Spotted Cats Conservation Project in the Eastern Cape/South Africa, just outside Kirkwood in the Addo Area, about 1 hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport. Of course all our recent trips bring us to South Africa, to work on the existing projects and to travel to other places to start new projects. The Wild Cats Photosafaries to Masai Mara, Kenya have been temporarily put on hold until all projects are up and running and the mission is accomplished.

You can find information about Wild Cats World on our website: www.wildcatsworld.org

March 2011: South Africa
including Wild Cats Photosafari Masai Mara, Kenia

June 2010: Ranthambhore/India

March 2010: BIG CATS of Kenya’s Masai Mara

June 2009: Ranthambhore/India: tigers and caracals!

March 2009: BIG CATS of Kenya’s Masai Mara

August 2008: Elephant, Leopard and Wild dog Study Tour

November 2007: Tiger Study Tour

Augustus 2006: Big Cat Diary Tour Masai Mara/ Kenia

September 2004: Roundtrip Kenia / Tanzania














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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.