Watch The Earth Shattering Moment This Pallas’s Cat Discovered a Camera Outside His Den

by Stephen Messenger

Motion-sensing “camera traps” placed deep in remote ecosystems have been instrumental in recording the natural behavior of some of the world’s most elusive animals — though sometimes they do catch something else: the earth-shattering moment they seem to realize that they’re being watched.

Just watch as this ferociously furry Pallas’s cat discovers the camera placed outside his den then move in for a better look.

These small felines, standing roughly the same size as a domestic house cat, are notoriously shy in their mountainous habitat high in the Himalayan mountain range. Footage like this, gathered from camera traps, is often the only evidence researchers have to go on that they are actually there.

In fact, just earlier this year,  these majestic little Pallas’s cats was discovered living in Nepal for the first time ever — offering tantalizing clues that the notoriously shy species’ range is larger than previously thought.

(via: The Dodo)

BABY KITTENS IN THE NEWS:

Pallas’s Cats Born at Wildlife Park in Scotland

Although they are a fairly common species in zoos, very little is known about the Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul) in the wild.

David Barclay, one of the senior keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park, manages the European breeding programme for Pallas’s cat and maintains the International Studbook which records all captive Pallas’s cats anywhere in the world. Although only classed as Near Threatened, one of the low risk threat categories, we have seen how the status of a species that was long considered common can become highly threatened in a very short period of time…

(read more: Highland Wildlife Park - Youtube)

Size Matters: Small Mammals More Abundant in Fragmented Forests, Large Animals Not So Much
by Jose Hong
Habitat fragmentation and hunting are both distinct critical issues facing forests today that require their own countermeasures. Yet, much research has chosen to conflate the two, potentially leading to ineffective ecosystem management.

According to a new study recently published in mongabay.com’s open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, the interaction of both factors can contradict the effects of hunting and fragmentation alone, revealing a research and management gap that urgently needs to be filled.  The research, authored by Andrew Kosydar, Loveday Conquest and Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington, and Damián Rumiz of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, studied several sites within both contiguous and fragmented Chiquitano forests of southeastern Bolivia. To record animals, they used track-plots and camera-traps…

(read more: MongaBay)

photo of margay, a smaller cat species, by Malene Thyssen

Size Matters: Small Mammals More Abundant in Fragmented Forests, Large Animals Not So Much

by Jose Hong

Habitat fragmentation and hunting are both distinct critical issues facing forests today that require their own countermeasures. Yet, much research has chosen to conflate the two, potentially leading to ineffective ecosystem management.
According to a new study recently published in mongabay.com’s open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, the interaction of both factors can contradict the effects of hunting and fragmentation alone, revealing a research and management gap that urgently needs to be filled.

The research, authored by Andrew Kosydar, Loveday Conquest and Joshua Tewksbury of the University of Washington, and Damián Rumiz of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, studied several sites within both contiguous and fragmented Chiquitano forests of southeastern Bolivia. To record animals, they used track-plots and camera-traps…
(read more: MongaBay)
photo of margay, a smaller cat species, by Malene Thyssen
grotesquerie

biomorphosis:

Sand cats (Felis margarita) live in sandy, stony deserts and the only species of cat that survive without water for long period of time (couple of months). Unlike other species of cats, sand cat is poor climber and jumper but proficient digger. It digs burrows in the sand where it hides from the harsh desert sun. 

Paws covered with thick fur protect the cat’s feet from the hot desert sand. These feet cushions also act like snowshoes. They prevent the cat from sinking into the sand and leaving footprints [x].

More leg room, less contact with cars for Ocelots. 
That’s the Rx for ocelots in Texas, says Natl Geo (source). Wildlife highway crossings coming this year may help reduce collisions like the one that killed OM (ocelot male) 276 in November, at Laguna Atascosa Refuge, in south Texas. Finding more space for ocelots to roam will be tougher. The refuge has 12 resident ocelots. 
Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service
(via: USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System)

More leg room, less contact with cars for Ocelots.

That’s the Rx for ocelots in Texas, says Natl Geo (source). Wildlife highway crossings coming this year may help reduce collisions like the one that killed OM (ocelot male) 276 in November, at Laguna Atascosa Refuge, in south Texas. Finding more space for ocelots to roam will be tougher. The refuge has 12 resident ocelots.

Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

(via: USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System)

Black-footed Cat Kittens Born at Philly Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo’s female Black-footed Cat Aza gave birth to a litter of kittens on April 8, 2014: the first Black-footed Cats ever to be born at the Philadelphia Zoo! Their names are Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. Drogon and Viserion are male and Rhaegal is female.

Before making their debut, the kittens underwent a routine wellness check to make sure they’re healthy. In addition to weighing and sexing them, veterinarians completed full physical examinations of each kitten. A keeper is present to monitor them throughout the day to make sure they’re maneuvering through their habitat well, but as you can see in these photos, they are feeling quite at home already…

Learn more and see a video: ZooBorns

USFWS: Monitoring Ocelots in Tamaulipas Mexico

In 2012, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service entered into a binational partnership with the Civil Society for the Conservancy and Development of Natural Areas (CDEN), Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Gladys Porter Zoo, and (in 2013) the San Antonio Zoo. This partnership was formed to locate a large population of ocelots in northern Tamaulipas, Mexico, to assess if it might be able to serve as a potential source for translocation to smaller, at-risk populations such as the ones located in south Texas.

Ocelots are endangered in the Texas mostly due to a loss of their habitat, most of which occurred from the 1930′s to the 1960′s.  Collisions with vehicles also pose a threat.  While both of these issues are being countered with efforts in Texas, the looming threat of a significant loss of their genetic diversity, that occurred over a long period of time, needs to be addressed.  Studies suggested that the most appropriate source for re-establishing the historic genetic diversity of ocelots in Texas would be from the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, and translocation of wild ocelots has been suggested as an option to achieve this goal…

(read more: Southwest Natural Resources Inventory & Monitoring)

Leopard Loves Men’s Body Spray

Reno the leopard loves men’s body spray and can’t get enough of the smell! We use many different perfumes and sprays to add to enrichment items the cats love to play with and destroy! :)

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http://bigcatrescue.org

Zoo Enrichment: Fishing Cat Kitten Learns to Fish

To some animals, ZooEnrichment means testing one’s survival skills. For the fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) kitten born April 15, it means learning how to fish! A patient mother, Electra watches her kitten as it wades and pounces on some unsuspecting goldfish. This six-week-old kitten just began its lessons. By the time it turns 11-12 weeks, it will be able to fish as well as mom!

(via: Smithsonian’s National Zoo)