International Society For Endangered Cats

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News From The Field: Rusty-spotted Cat Updates

Wild cats can’t be saved without knowing what they need to survive in their natural habitat. What kind of habitat do they use? What are their activity patterns & social organizations? Without data collected by field biologists, conservation programs can’t be put in place. To further our educational efforts, we are posting regular Monday summaries of a paper written by wild cat field biologists, which briefly outlines their findings.

Range Expansion to the Indian Terai

Little is known about the northern most distribution of the rusty-spotted cat Prionailurus rubiginosus. During camera trapping to estimate the tiger population in Pilibhit forest division, this cat was photo captured four times at three different trap stations. Camera trapping was carried out in an area of 150 sq km over 30 trap stations for 40 trap days. This is the first record of rusty-spotted cat from the Indian Terai region. A species targeted study is recommended to generate information for the conservation of this vulnerable cat in its range.

Meraj Anwar, Harish Kuman, Joseph Vattakavan

New Distribution Data from Central India

A record of rusty-spotted cat Prionailurus rubiginosus is reported from Magzira wildflife sanctuary in Maharastra, India. This is the first record not only for the wildlife sanctuary, but also for central India.

Kunal Patel

Rusty-spotted Cat More Common Than We Think?

The rusty-spotted cat is the smallest wild cat species that occurs only in India and Sri Lanka. Available information relies on a few sightings across its range and the species is thought to be rare. In this short note, I report a breeding population of rusty-spotted cats from a human dominated agricultural landscape in W. Maharashtra. I propose that we should also focus on agricultural landscapes, which are likely to have high rodent densities, to study some of the smaller wild cat species of India.

Vidya Athreya

IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group Cat News newsletter

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