Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids by David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge


By David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge

The editors make the most of their 50 years of mixed event in specialist engagement with the behaviour and ecology of untamed felids to attract jointly a different community of the world's most valuable and an expert specialists. For the 1st time, this inter-disciplinary examine programme is introduced jointly inside a unmarried quantity.

Beginning with a whole account of all 36 felid species, there persist with eight entire evaluate chapters that span the entire themes so much proper to felid conservation technological know-how, together with evolution and systematics, felid shape and serve as, genetic purposes, behavioural ecology, administration of species that come into clash with humans and regulate of overseas alternate in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ administration, and felid illnesses. 19 special case stories then delve deeply into syntheses of the superior species investigations world wide, written via all of the prime figures within the box. those chapters painting the original attributes of the wild felids, describe their attention-grabbing (and conflicting) courting with people, and create an remarkable platform for destiny learn and conservation measures. a last bankruptcy analyses the necessities of, and inter-disciplinary ways to, useful conservation with state-of-the-art examples of conservation technological know-how and motion that cross a ways past the cat family.

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The Asiatic golden cat has a similar distribution to the congeneric marbled cat (Map 10). However, it has a larger range in China, like the clouded leopard, and it does not occur on the island of Borneo (Nowell and Jackson 1996; Sunquist and Sunquist 2002). The Asiatic golden cat is primarily found in forest, habitats, ranging from tropical and subtropical evergreen to mixed and dry deciduous forest (Nowell and Jackson 1996), and occasionally in shrub and grasslands (Choudhury 2007). Grassman et al.

Leading threats to felids are similar to those found for mammals in general, being primarily habitat loss and degradation, followed by hunting pressure (Schipper et al. 2008). Historically, wild felids have been hunted and persecuted (Tuck 2005), but also valued and revered (Callou et al. 2004). This dichotomy continues to be reflected in contemporary interactions between people and wild cats. On the one hand, tourists are enthralled by sightings of large free-ranging cats in national parks around the world while, beyond protected areas, rural people suffer depredations from the same species.

In south-west and central Asia, leopards are now confined chiefly to the more remote montane and rugged foothill areas (Breitenmoser et al. 2006a, 2007). Through India and south-east Asia, they occur in all forest types as well as dry scrub and grassland, and range up to 5200 m in the Himalaya (Nowell and Jackson 1996). , in press). 3%; Grassman 1998a). , in press). Home ranges Leopard Panthera pardus (Linnaeus, 1758) With a distribution that includes most of Africa and large parts of Asia (Map 5), ranging from desert to rainforest, the leopard is adaptable and widespread, but many subpopulations are threatened.

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