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International Society for Endangered Cats Wild Cat NewsVol 28 Jan 2010
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|Happy New Year|
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In keeping with the chilly temperatures outside, this month's featured species is from the snowy steppes in Central Asia. Pallas' cats are also called Manul, or steppe cats.
Read more about these very unusual little felines on our website.
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This sweet little Amur leopard girl was born early in November in Germany's Serengeti Park. Native to Russia's Far East, these cats are critically endangered with less than 40 estimated in the wild.
Happy New Year!2009 was a strange year. In January, it looked as if a world-wide recession was going to cause severe hardship for non-profit groups. I'm happy to say that wasn't the case for us, and donations, memberships and product orders continued, and even increased in the fall.
With the excellent work done on ISEC Canada's twitter account by Ivy Schnepp in Portland, Oregon, we are reaching a much larger audience with word of the small wild cats. Emails, memberships and orders are increasing daily, and we can't thank Ivy enough for all her hard work for the cats!
In the summer,we became the North American distributor for Wildcat Haven, a captivating book about the endangered Scottish Wildcat. We've got something more on the horizon for these little cats - we'll keep you posted!
As we truly believe one can never see too many wild cat pictures, we have started a blog. ISEC Director Peter Cromer will be posting his excellent photos on a regular basis, and we'll also be putting up wild cat videos from around the world, as well as other wild cat items. Our blog is in it's kitten stages, but you can take a look at Felids.wordpress.com.
We also want to feature YOUR photos on our blog. If you have a wild cat photo you would like to share, just email it to our office and we'll be happy to make your cat famous! We would also like to offer our blog space to researchers, to highlight their projects and photos.
2010 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for ISEC and the small wild cats. Early in the new year we'll be doing a complete revamp of our website, so you if you have any suggestions for our new look, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Spain to Give Portugal 20 Iberian LynxSpain has agreed to give Portugal 20 of its Iberian lynxes, in a bid to save the species from extinction.
Spain currently has the only active breeding centre for Iberian lynx. Portugal has built a new breeding centre especially to receive lynx from Spain.
This new development is a concrete example of how Spain and Portugal are working together to protect the world's most endangered cat species. The Iberian lynx is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with just 200 believed to survive in the wild.
"This is fantastic news for Iberian lynx conservation," said Paul Hotham, Regional Director of Eurasia. "The next step is to make sure that once lynx bred in this new centre are released, they have somewhere to live. That's why FFI is focusing on safeguarding lynx habitat in Portugal."
So far FFI and their partner the Liga para a Protecção da Natureza have together secured nearly 10,000 hectares of lynx habitat. We are working hard to secure further habitat and to ensure that all secured areas have sufficient numbers of rabbit - the lynxes primary prey species - to support lynx. FFI works by signing five year contracts with both private and public land owners, which allows lynx habitat management on the land.
Source: Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
Thank you for caring about the small wild cats!The International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada is a non-profit conservation group working for the small wild cats. All proceeds raised go directly to wild cat conservation programs around the world.
Wild cats don't have nine lives, and they need all the help they can get. Become an ISEC member, contribute to field research, purchase products or make a donation. Learn how you can participate in wild cat conservation by visiting our website today.
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