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Admired, worshipped…. but also feared and despised: Wild Cats! (The big cats like tigers, lions, cheetahs, but also the smaller cats like caracals, servals).

Welcome to the website dedicated to all species of the great Wild Cats. On this website you can find articles about all species of wild cats living in their natural habitat as well as in captivity. Though not against all forms of captivity, if the well-being of the animals is not at stake, Wild Cats Magazine prefers to support saving the endangered species in the wild. On the Wild Cats Conservation page you can find some of the projects we support. News about our new foundation Wild Cats World you can find on this website as well as on the website www.wildcatsworld.org (in English).

On this website you can find lots of information on all 36 species of wild cats; about their way of living, natural habitat and behaviour; also lots of info about conservation projects, important news, interviews, travel reports and other interesting items! Every year we organise a Wild Cats Photosafari to Africa and/or India for who’s interested. Also, we will present a “Wild Cat of the Month” with a thorough description about this cat.
The majority of the photos on this website are from Babette de Jonge, with a few exceptions, as mentioned.

How to find us in South Africa?
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caraboek_smallCaracals in India by Shekhar Kolipaka i.a.w. WCW (Babette de Jonge & Anton Buijen van Weelden – all photography in the book).Order now!

Every now and then some Sacred Birman kittens are born in our “Wild Cats” cattery for people who are really interested! Have fun checking out this website.

Babette de Jonge.

Copying photos or articles in any form is prohibited without my permission.

 


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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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