In our post 3 Big Cat Instincts Your Cat Shares, we talked about how in the wild, big cats know lowering their heads to drink water puts them in a vulnerable position. The big cats prefer an unobstructed view to keep an eye on their surroundings. In the photo above, you see a pride of lions at a water hole. Notice that while some of the lions drink the others are keeping watch. But even the lions that have lowered their heads to drink are keeping their eyes on their surroundings.
Have you noticed your cat lowering their paw into their water bowl or swiping through the stream of water in their fountain? Sometimes your cat might even dip and then lick the water off of their paw before lowering their head in what we think of the standard way a cat drinks.
Conservation programs that take into consideration the well-being and interests of the people that live with the big cats have the most chance of succeeding. In the past, there has been a conservation versus them approach and people were even removed from their homes as protected areas were off limits to local people. Projects that work with local people and give them an incentive to save the big cats have a much better chance of success. Here are three big cat conservation projects that help humans too.
1) Jaguar Corridor Lights Up Eastern Colombia
Now that we are a multi-cat household, it is important to make sure each cat has their own space and pathways around the house. Annie, Eddie and Mercy all get along but there are still times when they need their alone time. Creating routes or corridors for your cats will help them feel more at ease in the home. If your cats are spatting you might check to see if you can create a more cat-friendly home to ease the tension.
I was recently having a chat with some friends about how we sometimes see big cats in the movies, or a magazine and at times they get the cats all wrong. For example, a person might say they love their cheetah print sweater but it is really a leopard print. I know this might not seem like a big deal but for big cat advocates, it makes us wince when we see or hear the cats thought of as interchangeable.
Mountain Lions are Native to Nebraska
Mountain lions are native to Nebraska. European settlers eradicated the big cats through hunting, poisoning and trapping in the 1800′s and in the 1990′s, over one hundred years later, the cats began to come back into Nebraska from neighboring states. Today, an estimated 22 lions roam Nebraska, predominately in the northwest.
No One Has Ever Been Killed by a Mountain Lion in the State of Nebraska
In 2012, Senator LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth introduced a bill (LB928) on behalf of Game and Parks to allow hunting seasons to help the commission manage mountain lions. Louden said in a public hearing, even though no one has ever been killed by a mountain lion in the state, “..my god, heaven forbid that it does happen. I mean, look around you. Which one of you or your neighbors are going to be the ones that have this happen to your family?”
Greater Chance of Winning Powerball than Being Attacked by a Cougar
- Their large size, the biggies cats in the world, allows them to conserve heat better than their smaller cousins living in Sumatra.
- The Amur tiger has a layer of fat on its belly and flanks to protect them from the bitter cold.
- This tigers fur is thick and long providing protection from freezing cold during the winter months.
- Their paws have extra fur that protects them like wearing snow boots from the snow and ice.
Your Cat Has Not Adapted to Survive the Harsh Winter
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the world’s most favorite animal according to a survey carried out by Animal Planet. This poll of more than 50,000 people in 73 countries chose the tiger, the world’s largest and most threatened with extinction of the big cats. When asked to explain the overwhelming appeal of the tiger, Dr. Candy d’Sa, an animal behaviorist, said: “We can relate to the tiger, as it is fierce and commanding o the outside, but noble and discerning on the inside.”
The tiger’s win was greeted with hope by conservationists because if people are choosing the tiger as their favorite animal, they surely will do what is needed to ensure their survival. But the tiger has vanished from 93% of their historic range. And down from 100,000 wild tigers 100 years ago to fewer than 3,200 remain in the wild today. Will we do what is needed to endure the tiger’s survival? Here are 3 simple tings you can do to help save wild tigers.
1) Tissue Products are Pushing Sumatran Tigers to Local Extinction
The Oxford University Press chose the word “selfies” as a 2013 Word of the Year! I am sure not one of us has escaped being exposed to the seemingly endless stream of self portraits captured on mobile devices. While most folks try to pose showing off their best side, many of the selfies come out, well a bit out of focus, off center, and sometimes even only showing a part of the person’s face. What CNN described as perhaps the most embarrassing phenomenon of the digital age, has now been recognized by the guardian of the English language.