Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wild Cat

Wild Cat is one of India's endangered species found in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Wild cats resemble domestic cats in various ways and it is believed that the house cats found all over the world are descendants of wildcats.

Wild Cat Scientific Name

Felis silvestris

Wild Cat Features and Facts

-Body color ranges from pale yellow to brown with dark spots or stripes
-Body length ranges from 45 to 80 centimeters
-Weighs 3-6 kilos
-Avoids approaching human beings and human settlements
-Holds a territory of 1.5 to 12 square kilometers
-Feeds on smaller mammals, rodents, rabbits, lizards, birds, etc..
-Breeds once a year generally in underground dens prepared by the mothers

Reasons for near-extinction of Wild Cat

Hybridization with domestic cats is considered the main threat for the survival of the species. Encroachment into the natural habitats, loss, fragmentation, and degradation of forest covers and road kills are held responsible for fast depletion of the wild cat population.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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