Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ARTICLE: Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

In true feline form, cats took their time deciding whether to jump into humans’ laps.

In a new comprehensive study of the spread of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were domesticated. During that time, their genes have changed little from those of wildcats, apart from picking up one recent tweak: the distinctive stripes and dots of the tabby cat.


ARTICLE: There's nothing more terrifying to the mountain lion than the voice of a 'super-predator'

There is one predator that sends mountain lions running, even if they are in the middle of feasting on a fresh kill.

Hearing the human voice is enough to make the cats drop what they're doing and run as fast as they can, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Humans are the only 'super-predator' to have this effect on the big cats.

Scientists set up a system with motion-sensitive cameras placed near the sites where mountain lions – also known as pumas – would drag their prey to eat them. When the cameras were triggered by one of the cats, it would play either the sound of a frog or a recording of human speech.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Ringling’s big cats could be headed for a circus overseas

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has closed, but it still needs to find new homes for some of its animals. Ringling’s recent bid to export protected lions, tigers, and a leopard to a German circus reveals deep flaws in the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is being enforced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). All of these animals are imperiled in the wild and, as such, are supposed to be protected by the ESA.


NEWSLINK: Can at least this tiger be saved in Nelwai?

Another tiger has entered forests of Nelwai, may be in search of food and safe shelter. But, it has literally braved the threat of poaching as well. A three-year-old male tiger, which had migrated from Maharashtra, ended up being electrocuted in the similar wild, seven months ago. The question arises now is: “Can forest officials save this big cat, at least?”


NEWSLINK: Tiger pushes son out of reserve’s core area

It’s a turf war in the Sariska tiger reserve.

Twelve years ago, poachers had wiped Sariska clean of the big cats. Now, a total of 14 tigers mean that the national park with an overall area of about 800 sq km and a core area of approximately 500 sq km may be turning into a bit of a squeeze for the striped cats.

In the latest territorial fight in Sariska, tiger ST-6 has made sure that his son ST-13 has not entered his territory for the last eight months.


NEWSLINK: Tiger population set to increase in Kaziranga National Park

Latest estimates show that there are 104 tigers in the Kaziranga National Park and Burachapori, about 250 km from here. In 2014, there were 83 tigers in Kaziranga.

Both the parks are located within the sprawling Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, spread over an area of 860sq km.The Kaziranga Park is 430 sq km.While 95 adult tigers were found in Kaziranga, two adult big cats were found in Burchapori along with cubs.

With 104 tigers, the big cat density in Kaziranga has been found to be 21 tigers per 100 sq km.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

NEWSLINK: Hamerton Zoo killer big cat 'was rare Malayan tiger'

Zoo bosses say a big cat that killed its keeper was a rare male Malayan tiger.

Rosa King, 33, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 May when she and the tiger, which the zoo said was called Cicip, entered an enclosure.

The zoo, which has been shut since the attack, is due to reopen on Friday.

It comes after it passed a licence and public safety inspection by Huntingdonshire Council.

The park's director Andrew Swales said the decision to reopen had been taken "in consultation with the police, our staff and Rosa's family".