Zoo wild cats recognise familiar human voices but in the wild they are terrified of them

Captive wild cat species can recognise familiar human voices which is no surprise to domestic cat caregivers

A recent study has been published on how “exotic cats” in zoos can discriminate between the voices of familiar and unfamiliar people. The cats were a group of different species of wild cat in different zoos, specifically the cheetah, clouded leopard, puma, fishing cat, Canada lynx, lion, sand cat, serval, snow leopard and tiger. …

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About the personality of the cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus

Cheetah has a timid and retiring character or personality compared to the more aggressive lions, leopards and hyenas from which they keep their distance

It’s interesting to discover that Google doesn’t know how to search for information about the personality of the cheetah which has the scientific name of Acinonyx jubatus. I have to include this beautiful wild cat’s Latin (scientific) name to make sure that Google understands what I’m talking about. People just don’t discuss the character …

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Home range (territory) size of ALL cat species from domestic cat to tiger

Domestic cat home range in Australia

This is a comparison of the size of home ranges (their territory) of the cat species which includes the domestic cat, feral cat and all the wild cat species. It answers the question as to how big the home ranges are. Although within the domestic cat population there will be huge variations due to …

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Chinese Mountain cat aka desert cat (2023)

Chinese mountain or desert cat

The article is over several pages with links at the base of each page to the next. This is for technical reasons. Overview The Chinese Mountain cat is more commonly named the Chinese desert cat or ‘desert cat’, although it is a little misleading as their habitat is mountainous terrain. However, little is known …

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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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The difference between ‘cat breeds’ and ‘cat species’

Difference between breeds and species

It might be useful to quickly go over the difference between ‘cat breeds’ and ‘cat species’. It’s quite as subtle difference but a very important one. In 1758 the modern idea of classifying all the world’s animals and plants began. Humans like to create some order in the world (I am afraid they’ve failed …

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Tiger roar – intimidating, low frequency, long distance call

Tiger roar

One of the most imposing and characteristic sounds of nature is the tiger roar. How do they do it and what is its significance? Picture (thumbnail): by GavinBell (new window). Published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License — this site is for charitable purposes in funding cat rescue. The frequency, pitch and loudness of …

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Are caracals legal in Ohio?

Caracal meowing

This applies to the present (May 29, 2022) but the law can change. Under Ohio statute: Chapter 935. Dangerous Wild Animals and Restricted Snakes, section §935.01 (C)(7)(d) it is illegal for an individual Ohio citizen to possess and own a caracal as they are classified as a dangerous wild animal. However, under section 935.02, …

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