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  Andean Cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Andean Cat is also known as the Andean Mountain Cat.
While it is only about the size of a domestic cat, it appears larger because of its long tail and silvery-gray, striped and spotted long fur.
It is one of the least known and rarest of all felines; almost all that is known about it comes from a few observations in the wild and from skins.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Andean_Cat   (203 words)

 Felidae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The most familiar feline is the domestic cat or house cat (subspecies Felis silvestris catus), which first became associated with humans between 7000 and 4000 years ago.
Other well-known members of the feline family include big cats such as the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, and cheetah (which appears to be descended from the small cats), and other wild cats such as the lynx, puma, caracal, and bobcat.
The liger remains as the largest cat in the feline family, even surpassing the size of the tiger (it should be noted, however, that the tiger remains the largest feline found in nature).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Felidae   (479 words)

 Andean cat - Oreailurus jacobita: More Information - ARKive
The Andean cat is considered to be one of the most endangered wild cats in the world and perhaps the rarest South American felid; and yet is one of the least known cat species (4).
The Andean cat has a significantly lower population than the pampas cat and is believed to live in low densities, though no figures are known (6) (7).
More specifically, if the Andean cat did evolve to hunt the nocturnal long-tailed chinchilla, then its low numbers could be explained (1): Only 100 years ago the long-tailed chinchilla was abundant in the Andean mountains, but, since the early 1900s, hunting for its fur has driven it to the brink of extinction (8).
www.arkive.org /species/GES/mammals/Oreailurus_jacobita/more_info.html   (1366 words)

 Andean Mountain Cat
The mountain cat is to be found in the high regions of Bolivia, Peru and Chile, ranging from the dry scrublands lower down the mountains up to beyond the tree line at around 16,000 feet.
In common with other cats that hunt at high altitude the fur of the mountain cat is longer than most - the base colour of the fur varies from grey/brown to a darker reddish/grey and is covered large dark red irregular spots, the tail is long and banded with similar dark reddish/brown markings.
The mountain cat is slightly larger than a big domestic cat, growing up to 24 inches in length with a tail of some 70% of its body length.
dspace.dial.pipex.com /agarman/andean.htm   (237 words)

 Small cat conservation, wild cats, Andean mountain cat, guigna
Like their bigger cousins, small cats are threatened by the loss of valuable habitat and prey, indiscriminant killing, and conflict with humans, livestock and domestic animals.
Andean mountain cat, Geoffroy's cat, Guigna, Jaguarundi, Margay, Ocelot, Oncilla and Pampas cat
Jim conducts his own research, focusing on the Andean mountain cat and the guigna, and collaborates intensively with local scientists and volunteers who are leading work on other small cat species around the world.
www.wildnet.org /smallcat.htm   (686 words)

 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Felidae
Cats have sharp backwards facing barbs on their penis that are used to stimulate ovulation, as female cats are induced ovulators, meaning they will not ovulate before mating.
Cats are, with the exception of the lion, solitary creatures.
Cats, being carnivores, have their eyes located on the very front of their face, which allows depth perception, and accuracy, both of which are very important in hunting.
www.lioncrusher.com /family.asp?family=Felidae   (4231 words)

 Andean mountain cat conservation, Andean Cat Alliance
The Andean cat (Oreailurus jacobita) is one of the least known felines in the world and is the most endangered cat species in the Americas.
The Andean Cat Conservation Action Plan was published in 2004 and is now used as the foundation for all future conservation initiatives.
Since high mountain ranges like the Andes often define international borders and therefore transect the Andean cat's habitat, it is imperative that a multinational and cooperative effort is undertaken to conserve the Andean cat throughout its range.
www.wildnet.org /andean_cat.htm   (549 words)

 San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes: Small Cat
San Diego Zoo: fishing cats in Tiger River; Siberian Pallas’s cats Otocolobus manul manul in Polar Bear Plunge; caracals and Siberian lynxes Lynx lynx wrangeli in Cat Canyon; wild cats Felis silvestris and leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis euptilura on Elephant Mesa.
Many of these cats have never been studied in their natural habitats, which is often in rugged, remote areas.
Cats have a layer of tissue in their eyes called the tapetum lucidum, which bounces light back through the retina a second time and increases the amount of light the cat has to see by.
www.sandiegozoo.org /animalbytes/t-smallcat.html   (1737 words)

 Andean Mountain Cat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Size and Appearance: The Andean Mountain Cat is a small but sturdy cat with long soft fur, which is a pale silvery gray in color.
Longevity of this cat is unknown, both in captivity and in the wild.
Because of this, it is believed that the long tail of this cat is used to enable it to quickly change direction during a chase.
www.angelfire.com /ny2/SilverAndromeda3/infoAndMount.html   (342 words)

 Encyclopedia: Andean Cat
The Andean mountain cat is apparently very specialized in its habitat requirements, having been found only in the rocky arid and semi-arid zones of the high Andes above the timberline (generally above 3-4,000 m in elevation).
More specifically, perhaps the Andean mountain cat evolved to hunt nocturnal chinchillas rather than the larger, diurnal viscachas (few cats are diurnal, and neither of the two observed hunts were successful).
CAT sponsored surveys in the four range states: Argentina, Bolivia and Chile and Peru are improving our understanding of the species' geographic range -- and confirming its rarity.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Andean-Cat   (688 words)

 ISEC Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Iriomote cat's coat is a dark, dusky brown, marked with dark spots that tend to merge into bands.
They are the size of a domestic cat, with a relatively long body, short legs and tail, and dark, rounded ears with white central spots on the backs.
Iriomote cats are active mainly at dusk and dawn and terrestrial, although they are also agile climbers and probably do some hunting in trees.
www.wildcatconservation.com /cats/factsheets/asia/iriomote/index.shtml   (800 words)

 Andean Mountain Cat
The Andean mountain cat (Oreailurus jacobita) is a small, little known inhabitant of the arid Andes highlands.
First report on the multinational initiative to determine the status of the Andean mountain cat and priorities for its conservation.
Second report on the multinational initiative to determine the status of the Andean mountain cat and priorities for its conservation.
www.felidae.org /PROJECTS/Andean_Mountain_Cat/andean_mountain_cat.htm   (592 words)

 Mountain Cat
The Andean mountain or highland cat is about the size of a large domestic cat, similar to the pampas cat which is found in the same region.
As protection against its cold environment, the Andean mountain cat has long soft fur, which is pale silvery grey or ashy in colour.
Nothing is known about the social system of this cat, but they are probably solitary and maintain home ranges which are mutually exclusive to members of the same sex.
www.catsurvivaltrust.org /mountain.htm   (548 words)

 Andean Group - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Andean Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Venezuela joined in 1973, but Chile withdrew in 1976 and Peru suspended membership and became an observer in 1992.
The Andean Pact was established in 1992 to create a free trade area.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Andean+Group   (121 words)

 Andean Mountain Cat - Oreailurus jacobita
The Andean Mountain Cat is one of the five most endangered cats in the world and probably the rarest Wild Cat in South America.
Andean Mountain Cats were first described to science as far back as 1865, but it was not until 1980 that a positive sighting occurred.
The Andean Mountain Cat has claims territory in one of the most forbidding, rugged terrains of our planet making its behavior and biology difficult to study and there are no known records of any having been kept in captivity.
www.tigerhomes.org /wild-cats/wc-andean-mountain-cat.cfm   (749 words)

 QTSaver: Cat B   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The American Wirehair is a breed of domestic cat that originated in upstate New York.The first wirehair cat appeared as a random coat mutation among a litter of six born to two barn cats.This single red and white male had odd wiry fur.
This gene can turn a cat's eyes blue if the white spotting occurs over the eyes.A hypothetical Sb allele causes the mittens in Birman and Snowshoe breeds.Some researchers believe that there are separate white spotting genes for distinct features, such as the white locket that some cats have on their neck.
o The habitat of this cat is arid regions, for instance the Kalahari Desert.There it hunts for rodents, lizards and insects.
qtsaver.blogspot.com /2005/12/cat-b.html   (2345 words)

 Andean cat - Oreailurus jacobita - ARKive
The Andean cat is considered to be one of the most endangered wild cats in the world and perhaps the rarest South American felid; and yet is one of the least known cat species.
There have been only a handful of observations of the Andean cat in the wild, few photographs taken and just a few museum skins and skulls have been preserved.
The Andean cat is characterised by the presence of well developed ear drums, unique among felids, classifying it as a separate genus, Oreailurus.
www.arkive.org /species/GES/mammals/Oreailurus_jacobita   (249 words)

 felidae   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It is thought that the closest relatives of the cats are the other families in their branch of the carnivore evolutionary tree: the civets, hyenas, and mongooses.
The most familiar feline is the Domestic Cat, which first became associated with humans between 7000 and 4000 years ago.
Other well-known members of the cat family include big cats such as the Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Jaguar, and Cheetah (although the Cheetah, despite its size, appears to be descended from the small cats), and other wild cats such as the lynxes, Puma, and Bobcat.
www.mycatcenter.com /felidae.htm   (422 words)

 Andean Mountain Cat fundraiser funds research project and cat links - The Official Jethro Tull Website
The Andean Mountain Cat photographed by Dr. Jim Sanderson on a field trip in 1998.
A new initiative lead and coordinated by the good professor Mauro Lucherini (Maurissimus linguini) of Milan, Italy, is poised to begin an important investigation into the habitat and biology of this extremely endangered animal as a first step in its conservation and ultimate protection and survival.
The fundraising in the USA is being channeled through the organisation WILD ABOUT CATS, whose world-class work in feline conservation and rescue can be examined at www.wildaboutcats.org where director Dawn Simas will even admit to owning a Jethro Tull (Tullicus dinosaurus) album or two: oh, all right, maybe perhaps just the one.
www.j-tull.com /news/archives/andeanproject.html   (682 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Mountain cat, Andean cat
Mountain cats have a brown-grey to silver-grey coat with irregular dark spots and transverse stripes.
Mountain cats are thought to hunt small mammals such as chinchillas and viscachas, as well as birds and reptiles.
The reproductive behaviour of mountain cats is unknown.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/48.shtml   (218 words)

 Conservation Frontlines: Endangered Cat is Still On The Prowl
As sometimes happens in scientific discoveries, the first documented sighting of the Andean mountain cat in 30 years occurred through a process of luck and intuition.
In 1997 Sanderson — one of the world’s foremost experts on small wild cats — was in Chile studying guignas (Oncifelis guigna), a less-rare South American feline he documented in the wild using camera traps that are triggered automatically by a motion sensor.
One ancient petroglyph clearly depicts the region's three cat species: the puma (Puma concolor), the pampas cat (Oncifelis colocolo), and the Andean mountain cat.
www.conservation.org /xp/frontlines/species/11160503.xml   (982 words)

 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Andean Mountain Cat (Oreailurus jacobita) facts and pictures
The Andes Mountain cat ranges in the high Andes Mountain range in the South American countries of Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia.
Nothing is known about the diet of this species, but it is presumed they feed on small mammals like chinchillas and viscachas, and even reptiles and small birds.
What little is known about the Andean Mountain cat comes from a small selection of museum specimens, mostly skulls and skins.
www.lioncrusher.com /animal.asp?animal=37   (305 words)

 bp conservation programme
The Andean cat is one of the worlds most endangered and least known felids.
We mainly aim to improve our understanding of the factors affecting the present status of the Andean cat populations and simultaneously reduce the known/suspected causes of decline of the Andean cat populations.
A range of community-based activities with a strong educational component will aim to reduce Andean cat mortality due to hunting and the decrease of their natural prey, improve the image of carnivores among local people, and empower the local community to participate in the development of a long term conservation plan for the Andean cat.
conservation.bp.com /projects/F200202_proj.asp   (221 words)

 Big Cat Field Guide - Reference   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Ocelot a generalist predator and is very flexible in choice of habitat which ranges from tropical and evergreen forests to dry scrub, and even some arid deserts.
Like other small spotted cats, the Ocelot has bright white spots on the back of the ears that appear as eyes to ward of other predators from behind.
Many ranchers leave out poisoned carcasses and kill Cats on sight regardless of whether or not their stock has been bothered.
www.palazzini.com /cats/guide/ocelot.htm   (495 words)

 cat - Wiktionary
From Old English catt (m), catte (f), reinforced during Middle English by Old North French cat, a variation of Old (and modern) French chat (or fr:chat), from late Latin cattus
(countable) (nautical) Contraction of cat o' nine tails.
A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/cat   (579 words)

 Mountain Cat or Andean Highland Cat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The mountain cat is similar to a cat in size and build.
Its coat is of a very fine silky texture, about two inches in length, and of a pale silver or reddish-gray color fading to white on the undersides.
The mountain cat may be found in arid regions of the high Andes, sometimes above the snow line, of Peru and northern Chile and Argentina, where it hunts by day, from the ground, and seeks chinchilla, viscacha, and other small mammals.
www.tigertouch.org /cats/mountaincat.html   (130 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Central Andean dry puna (NT1001)
The Central Andean Dry Puna is a unique ecoregion with flora and fauna highly adapted to the extreme temperatures and altitudes.
The Central Andean Dry Puna is located in the southern part of the Andean Cordillera Occidental in the countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
Eduardo Avaroa Andean Faunal National Reserve (IUCN category IV) of 714,745 ha, is an area principally for the protection of birds that inhabit the different lagoons in the Reserve (Ergueta and H. Gómez 1997).
worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/nt/nt1001_full.html   (1390 words)

 CAT-TITUDES -- Meet the World's Wild Cats!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
This cat may become extinct in the wild in the near future.
The BLACK-FOOTED CAT is half the size of a domestic house cat.
Many domestic cats are believed to have descended from the JUNGLE CAT.
home.att.net /~TheThunderCats/ko00005.html   (437 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Southern Andean steppe (NT1008)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Southern Andean Steppe leads into the Andes Mountains where elevations range from 4,900 to 9,800 feet (1,500 to 3,000 m), with isolated peaks as high as 19,685 feet (6,000 m) in the northwestern portion.
Slightly larger than a housecat, the elusive Andean mountain cat resembles a small snow leopard but has orange-spotted gray fur and a bushy ringed tail.
In mountain pastures, guanacos and vicuñas, two neotropical members of the camel family, graze among grasses, while a small group of lesser rheas (large, ostrich-like birds) keep their eyes out for predators such as the cougar.
nationalgeographic.com /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/nt/nt1008.html   (364 words)

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