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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seven Wild Cat Species Photographed in Indian Forest

Photo by Kashmira Kakati

The BBC recently reported the results of wildlife researcher Kashmira Kakati's two year study in a 500 square kilometer section of rainforest in the Eastern Himalya. Camera trap images from this study showed that seven species of wild cats are found there, making it one of the highest areas of cat diversity on earth.

The seven species caught on camera include the rare and elusive clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata), and golden cat (Catopuma temminckii), and four relatively widely distributed species — tiger (Panthera tigris), leopard (Panthera pardus), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), and jungle cat (Felis chaus).

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