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From the traditional Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammad’s favourite cat, Muezza, and our modern obsession with on-line cat video clips, tom cats have lengthy held a spot of honor of their human counterparts’ houses and cultures. however the family cat is only one of many pussycat species, and within the Wild Cat e-book cat specialists Fiona and Mel Sunquist introduce us to the whole panoply of the purring, roaring pussycat tribe.

Illustrated all through with Terry Whittaker’s marvelous colour photos in addition to exact pictures from biologists within the field—some the very best quality photos ever captured of highly infrequent species—The Wild Cat ebook not just tantalizes with the wonderful thing about cats, but in addition serves as a beneficial and available reference on cat habit and conservation. entire entries for every of the thirty-seven cat species comprise colour distribution maps and up to date details on the topic of the species’ IUCN conservation and administration statuses, whereas informative sidebars display why male lions have manes (and why darkish manes are sexiest), how cats see with their whiskers, the reality in the back of our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats can’t be vegetarians. The Wild Cat e-book additionally highlights the grave threats confronted by means of the world’s wild cats—from habitat destruction to human persecution.

From the extreme acrobatics of the arboreal margay—able to dangle to a tree department by way of a unmarried paw due to its surprisingly versatile ankles—to smooth declines in African lion populations, The Wild Cat ebook is an instructive and revealing ode to pussycats of each dimension and colour. Combining technology, behavioral observations, and wonderful images, this booklet will captivate cat fanciers across the world.

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But the genes that control coat color, or pigmentation, often play a wider role in the functioning of the body, and the coat-color gene can influence two or three seemingly unrelated characteristics. As far back as 1828, in his famous book On the Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin commented on the association between blue-eyed cats and deafness. Most people know that white cats are white because they lack pigment cells. But surprisingly, the lack of pigment cells is also implicated in the white cat’s deafness.

White tigers fascinate people; they attract enormous crowds and bring in huge profits for zoos, circuses, and magic shows—a perfect white tiger may sell for $50,000. But are they really endangered species in need of saving, as some claim? White tigers are a color morph of the regular tiger—a variation that comes from a genetic mutation. In the wild, the genetic mutation that produces the white tiger color morph hardly ever happens. “White tigers are not an endangered species or even a separate species; they are mostly about money,” says Dr.

Reputable sanctuaries and rescue facilities are overflowing with them and cannot keep up with the demand for placement. But more homes for unwanted tigers are not the solution. The solution is education—so people understand that it is a horrible idea to try to keep a tiger as a pet—backed by well-enforced laws that ban the private breeding of exotic animals. ” Siegfried and Roy and the other breeders emotionally describe how they are conserving the last of these rare and special cats. The message resonates with the public, and people want to help, but the problem is that it is a totally misleading statement.

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