Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids by David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge

By David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge

The editors make the most of their 50 years of mixed event in expert engagement with the behaviour and ecology of untamed felids to attract jointly a distinct community of the world's most dear and a professional specialists. For the 1st time, this inter-disciplinary learn programme is introduced jointly inside a unmarried quantity.

Beginning with a whole account of all 36 felid species, there stick with eight complete assessment chapters that span all of the issues such a lot appropriate to felid conservation technological know-how, together with evolution and systematics, felid shape and serve as, genetic purposes, behavioural ecology, administration of species that come into clash with humans and regulate of foreign exchange in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ administration, and felid illnesses. 19 specific case reviews then delve deeply into syntheses of some of the best species investigations world wide, written via all of the major figures within the box. those chapters painting the original attributes of the wild felids, describe their attention-grabbing (and conflicting) courting with people, and create an extraordinary platform for destiny examine and conservation measures. a last bankruptcy analyses the necessities of, and inter-disciplinary ways to, useful conservation with state-of-the-art examples of conservation technology and motion that pass a long way past the cat family.

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Tiger Panthera tigris (Linnaeus, 1758) The tiger is the largest felid (much larger in India and Russia than in south-east Asia; Kitchener 1999) and the only striped cat. Genetic analysis supports five classically described subspecies—P. t. altaica in the Russian Far East; P. t. amoyensis in South China (now possibly extinct in the wild; IUCN 2008); P. t. corbetti in south-east Asia; P. t. sumatrae on the Indonesian island of Sumatra; and P. t. tigris on the Indian subcontinent—as well as a new subspecies, P.

This species’ doppelga¨nger is the African golden cat, which it resembles in size, appearance, and name. However, genetic analysis has determined that they are not closely related ( Johnson et al. , in prep). The Asiatic golden cat has a similar distribution to the congeneric marbled cat (Map 10). However, it has a larger range in China, like the clouded leopard, and it does not occur on the island of Borneo (Nowell and Jackson 1996; Sunquist and Sunquist 2002). The Asiatic golden cat is primarily found in forest, habitats, ranging from tropical and subtropical evergreen to mixed and dry deciduous forest (Nowell and Jackson 1996), and occasionally in shrub and grasslands (Choudhury 2007).

Like cheetahs, caracals were captured and trained to hunt by Indian royalty for small game and birds (Divyabhanusinh 1995). Stuart (1982) recorded that between 1931 and 1952 an average of 2219 caracals per year were killed in control operations in the Karoo, South Africa. Similarly, Namibian farmers responding to a government questionnaire reported killing up to 2800 caracals in 1981 (Nowell and Jackson 1996; Stuart and Stuart, in press). Predation on small stock and introduced springbok was seasonal when alternative wild prey was scarce (Avenant and Nel 2002).

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