Thursday, April 27, 2017

Threatened Cat Thursday

A:  Scientists are considering ARTIFICIALLY inseminating these animals.

B: BABIES will stay with mom up to a year and a half.


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 Wednesday

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.

So- drumroll….

Meet the Andean Mountain Cat.  Note the photo is from Wikipedia.
Andean cat 1 Jim Sanderson.jpg

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.