International Society For Endangered Cats

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Kunal Patel’s Rusty-Spotted Cat Project

The Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) is often called the hummingbird of the wild cat world given its diminutive stature.  The Rusty-spotted cat has large eyes, striking rusty spots on a brownish-grey coat with a white belly and inner legs.  They are found in India and Sri Lanka.  They are considered vulnerable by the IUCN due to habitat destruction caused by urbanization and increased road networks.

The Rufford Small Grants Foundation is a relatively new foundation providing grants for nature conservation.  The foundation provides funding to 900 projects world wide.  One such venture is Kunal Patel’s Rusty Spotted-Cat Project.  This important project focuses on several key components of studying this elusive cat in the Kevadi Reserve Forest located in Western India.  Patel has concentrated on locating source populations for present and future research, determining habitat requirements and threats and helping to foster a community-animal relationship.

As of January 2010, Patel had obtained permission from the local government and set up 4 camera traps.  Three individual cats have been identified but no photos have been released.  Next, Patel is going to promote education about the Rusty-spotted cat at local schools.

Please visit Kunal Patel’s Project site for updated information about the interesting work he is doing with the Rusty-spotted cat.

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