Infographic on wild cat species in Africa, S. America and S.E. Asia

Clouded leopard is arboreal and can hang upside down like a monkey

This infographic lists the wild cat species on the African and South American continents and in Southeast Asia. Remarkably there are a similar number of species in each region. The weight ranges are also listed per species. All of them are endangered to varying degrees through human activities of various kinds. Conservation is the …

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He claims he spent $500k on a baby tiger

I spent $500,000 on a baby tiger today and we are not the same

Gavin Mayo on Twitter said: “I spent $500k on a baby tiger today. We are not the same”. Here is the video accompanying those words. So, what do you think? Stupid show off unconcerned or too ignorant to realise that his very expensive tiger cub came from somewhere. What about the tigress-to-cub bond? That’s …

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Are bobcats legal pets in California?

Bobcat photograph by PD Ryan on Flickr

Bobcats are NOT legal pets in California unless you have a ‘special permit’. All cats species other than the domestic cat are classified as “not normally domesticated in this state” and for that reason the state has decided that “it shall be unlawful to import, transport, or possess live animals restricted in subsection (c). …

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Are servals legal to own in Wisconsin?

Satellite-dish ears of the serval. Photo: Pinterest and in public domain.

You will need a licence to own a serval in the US state of Wisconsin. Furthermore, the serval must have been “legally obtained” (169.04. Possession of live wild animals). The law as stated below: 169.04. Possession of live wild animals (1) Restrictions on possession. (a) No person may possess any live wild animal unless …

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Are exotic cats like a cheetahs and caracals legal in Dubai?

Cheetah in car in Dubai

This is an interesting question because I’ve seen photographs of a wealthy Dubai resident in an expensive car with a cheetah on the front seat which gave me the impression that exotic animals as pets including cheetahs and caracals were legal to own in Dubai but I appears that I was mistaken. It seems …

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Is it legal to own a serval in Washington state?

Young domesticated serval

It is legal to own a serval in Washington state which is somewhat surprising but I’ll explain why I have come to that conclusion. There is a mishmash of laws governing the ownership of wildlife in this state. Note: for the sake of clarity, I am referring to individual citizens and residents of Washington …

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