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Wild cats

I picked wild cats (Felidae) as the group of animals that I like my trips abroad to focus on. I plan to see every species of this family, although some are considered very difficult. I like having a goal to serve as a bit of a guideline for trip planning.

The nice thing about cats is that they always occur in interesting wildlife areas because a cat is quite picky about the environment it lives in and the hunting opportunities it offers. Apart from that they are also very different, for example you have the big cats like tiger but also the very small cats like rusty-spotted cat. Also the family consists out of about 40 species (depending on which taxonomy you want to follow) so that makes it possible to give every species a lot of attention. This makes seeing a cat a lot more fun for me, than when I would see a new bird species because there are thousands of them.

Below I have posted photos of the cats I’ve seen until now. Of course I try to photograph the cats as well as possible, but I’m always very glad to have it at least photographed! My catlist consists now out of six species, that are in the order that I’ve seen them: Iberian lynx, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, (African) Wildcat (according to a new taxonomy a separate species, but as long as it has not been widely accepted as such, I put it under Wildcat for now, not that it makes much difference because the European kind I haven’t seen yet) and Sand Cat. In the blog you can read the story behind the photos.