Thursday, April 27, 2017
A: Scientists are considering ARTIFICIALLY inseminating these animals.
B: BABIES will stay with mom up to a year and a half.
C: This animal is CRITICALLY ENDANGERED.
D: They like DESERTS and plains.
E: Camera EQUIPMENT in Iran is hard to come by and it's hard to get a lot of camera traps.
F: The FUR is fawn-colored. It's pale on the sides and on the muzzle.
G: GESTATION takes up to 100 days.
H: They HUNT gazelles, hares and wild sheep.
I: The Asian Cheetah is located only in IRAN.
J: It's a shame that more countries don't JOIN in the effort to save this cat.
K: KALAMAD is just one of the cheetah's reserves.
L: It's 4.5 ft. in length and the tail is 3.5 ft. in LENGTH.
M: MALES set up the territory.
N: Bikes in NATURE reserves are a serious problem for this cheetah.
O: A female will have ONE to four cubs.
P: Interesting, the IUCN Red List has this cheetah's POPULATION as stable.
Q: There is no QUITTING for the scientists in Iran. You have to give them credit for trying to save this animal.
R: New ROADS and mining seem to be two main causes of their deaths.
S: No other animal will come close to the cheetah's SPEED. It's still the fastest land animal.
T: The TERRAIN of the cheetah could be described as 'harsh.'
U: An UNDERSTANDING of this animal is incomplete because it's rarely seen.
V: The cheetahs have a 'VALUABLE' ally and that's George Schaller, a biologist.
W: The fact that they are still here and that Iran is trying is a WIN in my book.
X: There seems to be an enthusiasm in Iran of saving this animal from EXTINCTION.
Y: Females will mate when they reach two YEARS old.
Z: Fortunately, there are some Asian Cheetahs in ZOOS.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wild Cat Wednesdays, as you know, might be getting a little repetitive but guess what?? That’s no problem. Wild Cat Wednesdays honor all cats from small too big and the IUCN Red List is a great source of information. So, what we kitties would like to do is go through every cat A-Z on ‘Wild’ Cat Wednesdays and ‘Threatened Cat’ Thursdays. Of course, these are cats that don’t have their own specific day and we’d start at with cats that start with an A in no particular order.
Meet the Andean Mountain Cat. Note the photo is from Wikipedia.
A: It's also known just as the Andean Cat.
B: It lives in Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
C: They are Classified by the IUCN as 'endangered.'
D: They have been seen during the daytime.
E: Canadian Researchers say they live on the Eastern side of the Andes.
F: They are the most endangered, small Feline in the Americas.
G: This cat is ash-Grey and it has brown and yellowish splotches with vertical stripes.
H: When it comes to Hunting, they don't specialize.
I: Andean Indians think their pelts are very powerful.
J: Juveniles are lighter than adults.
K: It sometimes is Killed because of superstition.
L: It's Length is 22-25 inches and it weighs maybe 12 pounds.
M: Mountain Visacha is a main prey.
N: Night seems to be their favorite time of day
O: Observations of their behavior is rare. They are not seen enough, obviously.
P: The Population is decreasing.
Q: Even though there are protections, some have not Quit using this cat for ancient ceremonies.
R: Rare is a word tossed out a lot about this cat but I don't think anyone really has a clue on how rare or how many there actually are.
S: Supposedly, they are Solitary with the exception of seeing a mom with her kittens.
T: Some believe their Tail is used for balance.
U: Sometimes you have to wonder if they like to hide Under rocky piles for protection.
V: Vegetation is sparse in the Andean Mountains which is the home of this cat.
W: The Weather in their home is nasty. It's a lot of snow and sleet.
X: If anything drives these animals to eXtinction it might be the fact mining is done in protected areas.
Y: Unfortunately, throughout the Years, not enough information has been gathered about this cat since they are so rarely seen.
Z: There seems to be a new 'Zest' about saving these animals because there are stronger poaching laws in these countries.