Category: big cats

Guest Videos: Keep on Chuffin’

This is my favorite video out of all the ones I’ve looked at thus far in researching my book (due out this fall/winter) on the cat family: He’s a very good chuffer. Actually, there are now two species of clouded leopard recognized – one on mainland Asia and the recently discovered Sunda clouded leopard. I

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Citizen Scientists, Cats, and Computers

All cats, big and small, like to keep secrets. It is our task as cat lovers to learn some of those secrets so we can make life even better for these beauties. The cats don’t make it easy for us. So we fool them. Today, technology like camera traps and GPS tracking collars collect a lot of data about unsuspecting domestic and wild cats. Then we laypeople help the experts use these tools to learn more about cats.

When Is A Lion Not A Lion?

When its fossils might be those of another big cat. This is the case with “Panthera atrox”. It used to be called the American lion, and recent genetic studies support this. However, some experts disagree. And if you take out Atrox, lions’ historical range shrinks considerably. – a huge difference for conservationists today.

Two Big-Cat Attacks

The fact that cats are dangerous seems pretty self-evident.

Yet, last summer, visitors to a drive-through zoo still got out of their car near an uncaged tiger, with predictable results. 

This summer, a Kenyan man illegally grazed his herd in Nairobi National Park at night – prime lion activity time. They found what little was left of him the next morning.

Seen more closely, though, these incidents aren’t as simple as they seem.

For one thing, each happened in a big city – Beijing and Nairobi, respectively.