In addition to the scientific and information sharing nature of the meeting, another important purpose is networking, reuniting of old friends, and establishment of new relationships with colleagues working with cats. So to kick off the meeting tonight we held an icebreaker. The event included a cat trivia game geared for this group of experts...can you say MAJOR competition! Despite some disputes with the judge (me), we all had a great time and had two teams tie for first which meant a sudden death play off - taking turns listing all the species of wild cats. It was a fierce competition, coming down to the bitter end with only four species left when one team erred. The victors will be gloating the rest of the weekend, I'm sure!
More on the meeting later, but here are a few photos from the trivia challenge:
Question: What are the three species of cat that cannot fully retract their claws?
Answer: Cheetah, fishing cat, flat-headed cat
Question: What is the world's smallest species of cat?
Answer: Rusty-spotted cat
Players intent on decipering the cat vocalization challenge. (Answers were cougar, lion, cheetah)