Today at Big Cat Rescue May 17 2013

Today is Endangered Species Day

 

Today is Endangered Species Day. Take a moment today to enjoy the spectacular endangered pandas and polar bears on live cams. Learn more about elephantstigers, and gorillas. And celebrate the triumph of the ospreys with Rachel and Steve – once endangered, the osprey has made a steady comeback.

Never stop learning,

Charlie / explore.org

BCR Today 2013 May 15 Kansas Rescue Cats

 

 

BCR Today 2013 May 15 includes footage of the Kansas Rescue Cats enjoying their new life.

 

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Today at Big Cat Rescue May 17 2013

Clouded leopard: First film of new Asia big cat species

by Matt Walker
Editor, Earth News

The Sundaland clouded leopard, a recently described new species of big cat, has been caught on camera.

The film, the first footage of the cat in the wild to be made public, has been released by scientists working in the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysia.

The Sundaland clouded leopard, only discovered to be a distinct species three years ago, is one of the least known and elusive of all cat species.

Two more rare cats, the flat-headed cat and bay cat, were also photographed.

Details of the discoveries are published in the latest issue of Cat News, the newsletter of the Cat Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

“Clouded leopards are one of the most elusive cats. They are very hardly ever encountered and almost no detailed study about their ecology has been conducted,” says Mr Andreas Wilting of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany.

Mr Wilting is leader of a project that evaluates how changes to the forest in the Malaysian part of Borneo impact carnivores living there.

As part of that project, the team places a network of camera traps in the forest, that automatically photograph passing animals.

The team, which includes the Malaysian field scientist Azlan Mohamed, also conducts regular surveys at night, by shining a spotlight from the back of a vehicle driven around the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Sabah.

During one of these surveys, they encountered a Sundaland clouded leopard walking along a road.

“For the first eleven months we had not encountered a single clouded leopard during these night surveys,” says Mr Wilting.

“So every one of our team was very surprised when this clouded leopard was encountered.

“Even more surprising was that this individual was not scared by the light or the noises of the truck.

“For over five minutes this clouded leopard was just roaming around the car, which compared to the encounters with the other animals is very strange, as most species are scared and run away after we have spotted them.”

Film exists of a Sundaland clouded leopard held in an enclosure.

And a tourist is thought to have taken a 30 second video of a wild Sundaland clouded leopard in 2006, but that video has never been made public.

Until 2007, all clouded leopards living in Asia were thought to belong to a single species.

However, genetic studies revealed that there are actually two quite distinct clouded leopard species.

As well as the better known clouded leopard living on the Asian mainland ( Neofelis nebulosa ), scientists determined that a separate clouded leopard species lives on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

The two species are thought to have diverged over one million years ago.

This leopard is now known as the Sunda or Sundaland clouded leopard ( Neofelis diardi ), though it was previously and erroneously called the Bornean clouded leopard.

Since 2008, it has been listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

The clouded leopard, the largest predator on Borneo, appears to live at very low densities within the reserve, as it has only rarely been photographed by the researchers or camera traps.

During the surveys, the research team also discovered a juvenile samba deer ( Cervus unicolor ) which had been killed by a clouded leopard.

The scientists suspect a large male clouded leopard made the kill, and had removed part of the front right leg.

Despite being a commercial forest that is sustainably logged for wood, the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Sabah, which is an area of approximately 550km square kilometres, holds all five wild Bornean cat species.

As well as capturing images of the clouded leopard, the researchers also recorded four other wild cat species.

One video shows a wild leopard cat scent-marking its territory.

This smaller species is more common in the area, and has been filmed before.

“But due to its mainly nocturnal behaviour, specific behaviours like the scent marking are rarely documented on camera,” says Mr Wilting.

More thrilling are the pictures taken of the other cats: the flat-headed cat ( Prionailurus planiceps ), bay cat ( Catopuma badia ) and marbled cat ( Pardofelis marmorata ).

“All three species are very special,” says Mr Wilting.

“The bay cat was special, as there has never been a confirmed record of this species in our study site.

“Therefore I really did not expect to get a photo of this species and I was amazed when I saw this picture.”

Since 1928, there had been no confirmed record of this cat, before it was rediscovered in 1992 in Sarawak.

It is currently considered to be one of the world’s least known cat species, and is listed as endangered.

“In addition our record is the most northern record of this species, which is endemic to Borneo.”

Specialised climber

“Also the records of the flat-headed cat are very special as well, because just a few camera-trapping pictures of this species exist,” explains Mr Wilting.

“The flat-headed cat is a highly specialised cat, restricted to lowland forests and wetlands, those areas which have the highest destruction rates in Asia.

“This was also the reason why we changed the classification in the red list in 2008 from vulnerable to endangered, which puts this species in the same category as the tiger.

“The marbled cat is presumably mainly arboreal and therefore it is much harder to get this species photographed with the ground-based cameras.”

The marbled cat looks much like a miniature clouded leopard, with a cloud-like spot pattern and long tail.

“We have encountered this species twice during our night surveys in Deramakot and once we even observed it climbing headfirst down the tree-trunk.

“These cats have really amazing climbing skills.”

Mr Wilting says that finding all five Bornean cat species in one area suggests that Dermakot Forest Reserve is home to a particularly high diversity of animals, especially as Borneo is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world.

It also suggests that even commercially used forests, as long as they are managed sustainably, may harbour threatened cat species and therefore contribute to their conservation, he says.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8505000/8505785.stm

Published: 2010/02/10 09:12:29 GMT

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Sire of first brood of Iberian lynx in captive breeding program has died

Death of the macho ibérico

February 3rd, 2010 | by nick |

Garfio, the Iberian lynx who was captured in 2003 and begat the first brood of lynx cubs to be bred in captivity, has died this week from a chronic renal infection at the age of ten. In all he sired 11 little lynxes. El País

http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/2010/02/death-of-the-macho-iberico/

For more complete coverage in Spanish:

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espana/Muere/Garfio/padre/primera/camada/linces/cautividad/elpepuesp/20100202elpepunac_35/Tes

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India launches website for official tiger death data

NATION | Friday, January 1, 2010

Website on big cat death to keep ‘number row’ in check

M Madhusudan | New Delhi

Come New Year and tracking every tiger death in the country will now be just a mouse click away.

Starting January 6, India will have a dedicated Website www.tigernet.nic.in to report on every big cat mortality — be it within the 37 tiger reserves in 17 States or outside.

“The outcome of a collaboration between the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Traffic-India, an NGO engaged in wildlife trade monitoring, the Website will not only serve as a platform for online reporting of tiger deaths but also help avoid any controversy over their numbers,” official sources said.

For, there has been a difference in the number of tiger deaths reported by the Government and NGOs like the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) making it “tough” for the Government to put the records straight.

According to official statistics, as many as 59 tiger deaths were reported from across the country in 2009 till December 8. Of the 59, 15 were “poached” while the remaining 44 died due to “illness and other causes”. Madhya Pradesh topped the charts with 13 tiger deaths followed by Assam (10), Karnataka (9) and Uttarakhand (7).

In fact, 2009 saw more than a two-fold increase in the number of tiger deaths compared to 2008 and almost a two-fold increase compared to 2007. In all, 28 big cats were killed in 2008 and 30 in 2007. NGOs, nevertheless, peg the number of tiger deaths at more than 65 in 2009. India’s last tiger census put their total number at 1,411.

Sources said the field directors of all the 37 reserves will be provided with a password to report online about the death of a tiger in their respective jurisdiction. “Training will also be provided to them about the process to go about the task. The Website will also have information about the post-mortem results of the dead tigers besides other associated ones,” they maintained. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh will launch the Website.

So far, the NTCA, which also has another Website on project tiger, had been maintaining the records of the deaths manually.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/226408/Website-on-big-cat-death-to-keep-%E2%80%98number-row%E2%80%99-in-check.html

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Enhanced ocelot habitat at Florida zoo provides clear views of endangered cats

Enhanced ocelot habitat at Naples Zoo provides clear views of endangered spotted cats

Contributed by Naples Zoo
Posted December 28, 2009 at 4:58 p.m.

Many people have heard of an ocelot, but many have never seen one in person. With barely more than 100 of these endangered cats in the nation’s zoos, Naples Zoo is one of the few places where you can see these spotted felines.

Now zoo guests can clearly appreciate the beauty of these spotted cats through a 12-foot wide window looking into their newly enhanced habitat. Naples Zoo wishes to honor Susan H. Earl for her support of ocelot conservation. In addition to her role as a member on the Naples Zoo Board of Directors, her assistance was vital in enhancing this exhibit which is expected to be home to new purebred Brazilian ocelots in 2010.

Ocelots are listed on both the U.S. Endangered Species list and on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and are considered threatened with extinction throughout their range in the United States, Central and South America. The two now at the zoo are there for education, not breeding.

Naples Zoo Director David Tetzlaff explains, “Their genetic line is well represented in zoos and is not recommended for breeding by the Species Survival Plan.”

And educate they have. In addition to being seen in presentations by hundreds of thousands of guests at Naples Zoo, these rare cats have also made four trips to Texas where ocelots live in the wild in and around Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The ocelots toured area schools and were the feature of the Refuge’s annual Ocelot Festival.

In addition to current education efforts, ocelot breeding is in the near future. Naples Zoo is one of the 10 members of the Brazilian Ocelot Consortium (BOC). Ocelot conservation requires concerted efforts both in the United States and other range countries to most effectively manage populations outside the wild while conserving remaining habitat and populations in the wild. Caring for ocelots in zoos can serve as insurance against species extinction.

As many ocelots in U.S. zoos have been classified as of unknown or mixed subspecies origin, they are not genetically representative of any wild ocelot population. In contrast, Brazilian zoos possess populations of purebred ocelots. These facilities are in need of assistance in developing and supporting effective conservation programs which is what the BOC has done. Efforts also include reforestation work in ocelot habitat in coastal Atlantic rainforest.

In addition, part of the participation in the BOC is accepting responsibility for caring for purebred Brazilian ocelots here in North America. Moving endangered species from one country to another is a laborious process taking years — even for conservation purposes. Part of the issue is regulation to prevent the illegal wildlife trade, a problem second only to drug and weapons trafficking. Recent information indicated that it was likely the cats may arrive sometime during 2010. Because of this, Naples Zoo prepared this exhibit for the incoming Brazilian ocelots from Brazil.

The Brazilian Ocelot Consortium was formed as a conservation partnership under the auspices of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Felid Taxon Advisory Group, Brazil Conservation Action Partnership, and Ocelot Species Survival Plan in cooperation with Brazil’s Special Working Group for Small Brazilian Cats and the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Renewable Resources.

Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. Daily presentations include the hand-feeding of giant reptiles at Alligator Bay, Meet the Keeper Series, Snake Sunbathing, along with two premiere presentations: Planet Predator and Serpents: Fangs & Fiction. Both of these feature shows take place in the Safari Canyon Theater where guests see live animals from feline predators to venomous snakes along with exciting video footage. And one of the zoo’s most popular activities is the Primate Expedition Cruise where guests embark on a guided cruise through islands inhabited by monkeys, lemurs and apes.

The all day pay-one-price ticket includes admission to both the nationally accredited zoo and historic tropical garden along with all shows, botanical tours (offered on Sundays), exhibits, and the boat ride. ($19.95 for adults age 13 and over, and $11.95 for children 3 to 12; under 3 free. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age). Zoo memberships and discount tickets are also available online at www.napleszoo.org.

Naples Zoo welcomes guests daily from 9:00 to 5:00 with the last ticket sold at 4:00 and is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road across from the Coastland Center mall in the heart of Naples. To learn more, click www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409 or follow the Zoo at www.twitter.com/NaplesZoo.

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/dec/28/enhanced-ocelot-habitat-naples-zoo-provides-clear-/

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