Worlds most endangered big cat
Tigers Forever: Saving the Worlds Most Endangered Big Cat by Steve WinterNational Geographic photographer Steve Winter and writer Sharon Guynup are on a mission to address the plight of the tiger – while there’s still time. In their new book, Tigers Forever, they combine a decades worth of Winters stunning images with Guynup’s eloquent prose to describe the tiger’s fight for survival, the threats it faces, and the few effective programs that are stemming its slaughter. They also reveal the elusive, ferocious majesty of this cat--and note that with just 3,200 left in the wild scattered in small pockets across Asia, they are in desperate need of our help to survive, that tigers could disappear within our lifetimes, and the time to act is now.
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Similar to other leopards, the Amur leopard can run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. This incredible animal has been reported to leap more than 19 feet horizontally and up to 10 feet vertically. The Amur leopard is solitary. Nimble-footed and strong, it carries and hides unfinished kills so that they are not taken by other predators. It has been reported that some males stay with females after mating, and may even help with rearing the young. Several males sometimes follow and fight over a female.
Only 30 Amur leopards were counted in the wild back in but its believed eight female cats have given birth in recent months. The world's most endangered species of big cat has cheated almost certain extinction after a remarkable baby boom earlier this year. As recently as only 30 Amur leopards were counted in the wild in the Russian Far East and extinction seemed all but inevitable. However, now 16 cubs have been spotted in a nature reserve set up by Vladimir Putin to ensure their survival. Camera traps in the 1, square mile Land of the Leopard National Park have counted the new arrivals, including three born to a leopardess named Queen Borte - after the famously fertile first wife of Genghis Khan - by Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal. In all, eight female leopards are known to have had offspring in recent months and scientists say every one of the cubs has a "healthy appearance". The number of cubs is three times as many as were spotted in , and indicates the success of a Kremlin-driven campaign to save an animal even after its survival seemed forlorn due to decades of poaching.
These are just a few of the threats faced by many wild feline species around the globe. Here are six of the world's most endangered feline.
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Under the merciless Andalusian sun, the hills west of Santa Elena in southern Spain betray few signs of life. An army of unseen cicadas hum in unison when Olisippo, a two-year-old male Iberian lynx, bounds silently out of his den at the La Olivilla breeding centre. He stops, staring intently at me; there is a keeper standing nearby but his is a familiar scent. I, on the other hand, clearly merit caution. At this time of day, in this heat, the cats are usually resting. Throughout the 20th century poachers hunted it, and diseases that decimated its prey, the European rabbit, spread like wildfire.
Wild cats around the world face a long list of challenges as their habitat is degraded, their food supply diminished, and the cats are hunted for their body parts and meat. Here are those five most threatened wild cats by the current population numbers, as well as some notable current threats , existing conservation efforts, and global policy. Mature population: 2, Habitat: Forest-dependent, endemic to the Indonesian island of Borneo. Threats: Poaching for the skin and pet markets, and habitat loss due to commercial logging and oil palm plantation plantings. Conservation: Borneo Bay cats are fully protected under Indonesian law, but they remain one of the least studied wild cats in the world.