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  1. The extinction of these beautiful and precious animals makes me bitter and depressed to no end. And of course angry. I can’t bring myself to even visit a zoo. It would depress me too much, even though Dan does have some good news about some zoos. Personally I think it is as Michael said. One must have the locals on their side to have any power over these issues. Which likely means one must basically pay them in cash for what they would have earned killing endangered animals. I think it’s the only way. There is a hell of alot of money in the world, and it just pisses me off that not much of it goes towards solving these problems in a directly effective manner. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. I just want to cry about it.

  2. Michael,thanks for this excellent informative article.I am reading about the “Sand cat” for the first time and as you mentioned it does resemble a “Traditional Persian Cat” barring its unique colouration.Hope this species is re-introduced into the Wild, its natural habitat.Cats, both wild and domestic fare badly if confined into cages and i am saying this from personal experience of observing ” Caged pet shop cats”, “Zoo wild cats” and my own free roaming house cats.

    • Hi Rudolph. I am frustrated at the lack of real change in attitude towards the wild cat species. They are either ignored or abused one way or another. Their habitat, bit by bit, is being removed from the planet by the ever increasing activities of humankind in his headless rush for economic growth.

  3. I’ve only seen two pictures of Sandcats in the wild. Both taken by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (maybe Iran).

    I agree with your sentiment with these stupid sites using animals to propagate their agenda. The worst offender I see everyday is People Pets. Enough said about this, you covered it thoroughly.

    I do want to make one point about cats kept in zoos. The Smithsonian National Zoo runs the United States re-propagation programs. The African Blackfooted kittens born in the last few years are a great example of our efforts to enlarge the breeding pool, learn to raise them to fear humans and hopefully, to someday re-introduce their distant offspring back into the wild where they belong. Luckily sperm and egg samples were taken as far back as the 1970’s (if memory serves). These now fresh breeding lines are being created. An egg and sperm were united in a petri dish and than placed in a domestic cats womb. The offspring was a female. She has a natural offenity to humans, unlike domestic kittens who do not. I know that some zoo’s do things so very wrong. But don’t count out these zoos, Universities and sancturaries that are working hard to keep these species from going extent.

    Sadly, it’s to late for some. The King Leopard is considered extinct. There are around 29 in captivity. There is no way way we can save them. They are sadly, the last of their kind. Persian Tigers and a few others have the same fate.

    I would, finally, like to point out, that China may have worked out a successful way to introduce animals back into the wild! The Wolong Reserve , which suffered that terrible earth quake a few years ago, is now home to the ‘semi-wild’ giant panda program. The first offspring have been born this very year that will never know human contact. It is hoped that they will be able to be set free someday and survive.

    I agree with all else you said, but some zoo’s are working to make our foolish past mistakes right.

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