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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.

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Cat of the month

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.