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One to Read: Wilde Verwandte by Wolfgang Schwerdt

For German speaking/reading wildcat enthusiasts. In this book author Wolfgang kindly pays attention to Wild Cats World and our conservation projects for the leopard, black-footed cats, etc.

In short….

Marbled cat, Sumatran tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, or black-footed cat. 
They all have one thing in common: they are on the brink of extinction.
Since the emergence of the first civilizations, they are hunted, as well as admired. The wild species and their natural habitat are decreasing rapidly 
everywhere in the world.

In this book a cultural and historical journey of the early years of the 17th century, in which the fictional ship cat Rotbart (a tomcat) experienced his adventures, until modern times with its present challenges, causing the so-called sixth mass extinction of Earth’s history. The wild cats are related to the Rotbart, the hero of the story.

The reader will take a journey into the world of divine rulers, cultural heroes, man-eating cats of prey, unscrupulous traders, historic eradication campaigns and passionate conservationists. Because the cultural history of anthropogenic biodiversity is characterized by greed, power, scientific passion, religious beliefs and a heavy dose of stupidity of the species, ancestors of Homo sapiens.

A different journey meeting the “wilde Verwandte”

TM and TCM incorporated by WHO – appeal to WHO members to guarantee the protection of endangered plant and animal species

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Far Eastern Forest cat (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilurus)

Wildlife photographer Valery Maleyev came to search for and capture a Far Eastern leopard, but after days of patient waiting got pictures of another rare feline, a Far Eastern Forest cat (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilurus). These small and gracious animals are believed to be a rare subspecies of Bengal cats; they are on the international and local Red Lists of Threatened Species.

Scottish Lynx reintrodution consultations & potential sites

Lynx reintroduction consultations and roadshow dates announced at
potential release sites in Scotland

Male Eurasian lynx Juno

The Lynx UK Trust have identified three sites in Scotland for intensive consultations on a lynx reintroduction trial, one of which is just 30 miles from Glasgow. Launching the consultations a lynx roadshow will tour the Scottish sites in the first week of March.

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Following on from an announcement that they were surveying Scotland in
late 2017, the Lynx UK Trust have identified three locations which could act as release sites for the medium-sized cats, and have announced intensive consultations with local communities and businesses for a trial reintroduction application.

Independent scientific research has shown that Scotland’s forest could sustain around 400 of the cats, which ecologists believe could help control the UK’s over-populated deer herds, leading to a regeneration of forest ecosystems that would benefit all of the UK’s native wildlife.

The Trust has also outlined a vast potential for lynx to bring eco-tourism revenue to remote rural communities, based on case studies of lynx reintroductions in Germany’s Harz national park.

The three areas identified for the intensive consultations are;

  • Queen Elizabeth Forest Park region, just north of Glasgow
  • Glen Feshie region, next to the Cairngorms National Park
  • Kintyre Peninsula region in Argyll and Bute

Lynx UK Trust’s Chief Scientific Advisor Paul O’Donoghue explained;
“We’ve spent about 18 months looking at habitats across Scotland and talking to various stakeholders about a trial reintroduction of lynx. Based on ecological factors like deer density and habitat suitability, these three areas have been identified for much more intensive consultation with local communities. This will ultimately lead to a multiple site application to Scottish Natural Heritage to carry out a trial reintroduction of Eurasian lynx.”

No lynx attack on a human has ever been recorded anywhere, though lynx reintroduction is a controversial issue with sheep farming unions concerned that the cats would decimate herds, though numerous independent studies make clear that sheep are an exceptionally rare target for lynx, even when the two live side by side. O’Donoghue commented, “We certainly recognise the concerns that sheep farmers have, though farming unions have repeatedly over-stated the threat, even claiming that lynx could threaten the food security of the entire UK which is pure fantasy. I hope we can have a much improved consultation with farmers living and working in these areas to fully explain the threats in a factual manner, alongside a clear explanation of the benefits. “We will be offering local farmers a range of support with predator mitigation techniques, and providing full insurance against lynx predation.

Eurasian lynx

Lloyds of London, the largest insurance market in the world, will insure every sheep in Britain, and pay out above market rate compensation. Besides the ecological benefits, there are very clear real-world examples of lynx bringing phenomenal eco-tourism revenue and jobs to remote rural areas which would benefit the entire local community, particularly tourism and hospitality businesses.

“We’re really excited to launch the intensive consultations with a roadshow touring the sites in the first week of March, bringing teams of lynx experts directly to local communities to hear how the people of Scotland would feel about lynx returning to the forests. There’s some fantastic habitat connectivity in Scotland making it possible for lynx to live all the way from Glasgow to Inverness and across to the Cairngorms if a trial reintroduction was successful, bringing huge positive change to rural communities across the Highlands.”

The first confirmed dates for public drop in meetings are as follows:Tarbert village hall, Argyll: 5thmarch 2-4 pm Aberfoyle Community Centre, Perthshire: 6thmarch 2-4 pm

Kincraig Community Hall, Highland: 7thmarch 2-4 pmIMAGES courtesy of
Chris Godfrey Wildlife Photography