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Clouded leopard: First film of new Asia big cat species

by Matt WalkerEditor, Earth NewsThe 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 Read More

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Ohio zoo staff in UAE to further sand cat breeding program

Cute, but no cuddly kittyTom DuraliaLast Updated: October 18. 2009 7:12PM UAE / October 18. 2009 3:12PM GMTThe sand cat, an animal so stealthy it is rarely seen, looks as if it is made to comfort and be comforted; a cat for the lap, not the extremes of a lonely desert. Even its claws are dull.But dhubs and vipers know better.First of all, it is unlikely that a dhub lizard finds anything other than another spiny-tail remotely cute. Secondly, the fluffy sand cat, forged on the anvil of desolation, as it were, eats them for breakfast.Despite a superficial Read More

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Scottish laird wants European wildcats, wolves on his estate

Wolves may make a Highland comeback in laird's reserve plan to apply for zoo licencePublished Date: 19 December 2009 By JOHN ROSS WOLVES, not seen in the wild in Scotland for hundreds of years, could be ready for a comeback on a Highland estate.The Alladale Estate near Ardgay in Sutherland has announced it is to seek a zoo licence within the next two months so it can let the animals roam in a wilderness reserve. It is the latest move by estate owner Paul Lister, who plans to release a series of wild animals in enclosures on the estate.Reserve manager Read More

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Pallas cats find temporary home at Virginia Zoo

Saturday, December 12, 2009Mill Mountain Zoo welcomes feisty felinesBy Kevin Kittredge981-3323Chin-Li was shy.Alexey was cranky."If you want to breed, you're going to have to be a little nicer," advised Lisa Uhl, Mill Mountain Zoo's public relations manager.Say hello to the two newest cats at Mill Mountain Zoo. Chin-Li and Alexey are Pallas cats. They look quite a bit like house cats, with more fluff.If the animals seemed a little overwhelmed by their surroundings last week, well, they had reason. The 7-year-old cats arrived here recently from the Read More

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Pallas cat, other animal deaths prompt Topeka Zoo criticism

Animal deaths prompt criticism of Topeka ZooBy Associated PressPosted on Fri, Oct. 23, 2009TOPEKA — Two groups investigating the deaths of several animals at the Topeka Zoo criticized zoo officials for lax veterinary care and poor record-keeping.A Sept. 28 inspection report cited the zoo for several noncompliance issues related to the death of seven animals from January 2007 through July 2008. That investigation was followed an August report by the USDA that cited the zoo for several noncompliance issues.Among other problems, investigators found Read More