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Meet Our Cats
in pictures, sounds and words


(Click on any of the photos for a larger view of the cat)
Photo of Chandra, our Clouded Leopard
Chandra was born on 9/24/95.
Her name means "moonlike" in Sanskrit.

link to hear Chandra
Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)

In the rain forests of tropical Asia, the clouded leopard hunts deer, monkeys and pigs, killing them with its long, sharp canine teeth. Distinct from the other cat families, the clouded leopard forms its own genus, bridging between the smaller and larger cats. They average about six feet in length, including the tail and weigh between 35 and 50 pounds. Excellent climbing ability allows them to climb trees, jump from branch to branch, and surprise their prey by jumping down on them from an overhead branch. The clouded leopard is threatened by the destruction of its rain forest habitat and by hunting for its fur, which can be worth as much as $2000 for a single skin.

**Chandra died in November 2010. She was a lovely lady. We miss hearing her talk to us every day.


Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

The beauty of the Ocelot's coat makes it the best known small cat of the Americas. It also makes it one of the most threatened. Ocelots inhabit brushy and forested regions from Texas well into South America. They are agile climbers and leapers, hunting mostly at night for small prey such as opossums, mice, rats and rabbits. The Ocelot reaches as weight of 15 to 35 pounds.

Photo of Chachi,our Ocelot
Chachi was born 07/02/12.
He is named after the Chachi Indians of Ecuador.
Photo of Chimane,our Ocelot
Chimane was born on 3/23/97.
She is named after the Chimane Indians in Bolivia.
** Chimane died in May of 2009. She was an amazing ambassador and is greatly missed.

Photo of Shoshone,our Cougar
Shoshone was born on 4/25/04.
She is named after the Shoshone Native American tribe.
Cougar (Felis concolor)

The cougar is known by many names. Among them are mountain lion, puma, panther, catamount and deer tiger. It is the largest of the purring cats. Once common throughout North America, its habitat has been reduced to a restricted range west of the rocky mountains with a small remnant population in Florida. The mountain lion ranges in size from six to nine feet from nose to tail with weights between 75 and 110 pounds for females and between 100 and 200 pounds for males. The mountain lion stalks its prey in its favored habitat of rugged terrain with thick cover of forest or brush. Adult mountain lions live within territories of between 25 and 300 square miles which they mark with scrapes of earth, leaves and urine.

link to hear Shoshone

Photo of Bandhu,our Fishing Cat
Bandhu was born on 9/2/13.
His name means "friend" in Nepal.
Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)

The Fishing cat is found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Sumatra and Java. Its toes are partially webbed and the tips of the claws protrude from their sheaths when fully retracted. They live near water in thick cover in habitats such as mangrove, marshes, and densely vegetated areas along watercourses. They eat fish, birds, frogs and small mammals. Conversion of wetlands and forest to agriculture is their biggest threat.

Serval (Felis serval)

The serval is a medium-sized spotted cat found throughout Africa north and south of the Sahara desert. It weighs between 17 and 40 pounds and are 2-1/2 to 3 feet long excluding the tail. Servals live in all habitats, but prefer moist savanna habitats, where they use their huge ears to pinpoint the rustlings of their rodent prey. The serval's long legs give it the ability to pounce through high grass and give its surprised prey formidable blows with its front feet. It is an amazing jumper, being able to leap 12 feet into the air and knock birds out of the sky as they fly by. Servals have their own predators including leopards, lions, jackals and man. It is still being hunted for its skin, 28 of which are used in making just one fur coat.
Photo of Nakuru,our Serval
Nakuru was born on 3/22/96.
He is named after Lake Nakuru in Kenya.
Photo of Zuri,our Serval
Zuri was born on 11/7/12.
Her name means "beautiful" in Swahili.

Photo of Guarani,our Geoffroy's Cat
Guarani was born on 5/14/09.
She is named after a tribe of Indians living in Paraguay.
Geoffroy's Cat (Oncifelis geoffroyi)

The Geoffroy's Cat is a small cat, uniformly patterned with small black spots of nearly equal size and spacing. It lives in South America, preferring dense, scrubby vegetation. It is not found in the tropical rainforests. This cat is primarily nocturnal and partially arboreal.

The Geoffroy's Cat was the second most hunted of the cat species for the fur trade and is now fully protected across its range.

Photo of Kgosi, our King Cheetah
Kgosi was born on 5/25/99.
His name means "king" or "headsman" in the Setswana language of Botswana.

** Kgosi died on March 4, 2012.
We will forever hear his huge purr and remember this amazing cheetah with great love.
King Cheetah

The King cheetah differs distinctly from the normal spotted cheetah in that its spots have fused to form an attractive pattern. Black stripes (usually three) run down the length of its back, and the spots have merged into large blotches on an otherwise light-gold coat. The King cheetah's unique pattern is due wholly to a recessive gene. Because this gene is recessive, or hidden, the offspring must receive it from both parents in order to be King cheetahs. Other specific differences are: the King cheetah's hair is longer and silkier, the tail is striped and ringed, and the mane is slightly longer. Between 1926 and 1975 there were only six confirmed sightings of King cheetahs in the wild. These occurred in remote areas of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. World population is estimated at under 30 animals.

link to hear Kgosi


Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

The cheetah has a slender, long-legged body built for speed. The fastest of all land animals, cheetahs can run up to 70 miles per hour in pursuit of their prey. A cheetah's maximum stride length is around twenty-two feet, with almost half of that distance traveled fully airborne! The cheetah uses vast amounts of energy chasing its prey and is susceptible to having its meal stolen by animals such as the leopard and hyena as it is not a good fighter. Once found throughout Africa and Asia, the cheetah has been sharply reduced through hunting and habitat destruction to sub-Saharan Africa with a small population in Iran. Only around 12,000 cheetahs are left in all of Africa, and another 200 left in Iran. Cheetahs have been around for at least three million years, before any of the other cats. Many people are working hard to see that they don't disappear altogether.

Photo of Kibibi,our Cheetah
Kibibi was born on 11/11/02.
Her name means "little lady" in Swahili.

link to hear Kibibi
Photo of Themba,our Cheetah
Themba was born on 5/19/10.
His name means "hope" in Zulu.
Photo of Kamau,our Cheetah
Kamau was born on 6/17/00.
His name means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.
link to hear Kamau
**Kamau died on 8/18/13. He was a beautiful boy in both body and spirit.

Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)

The Canada lynx is found throughout Canada and in the northernmost regions of the United States. They have long legs, a short body and huge "snowshoe" feet to help them walk in the snow. Their most recognizable feature is the pointed tufts of hair at the tops of their ears. The lynx has a reputation as a shy, retiring creature that avoids humans at all costs. This is not surprising, as it is still legal to hunt the lynx for its fur. The Canada lynx exists almost entirely on the snowshoe hare, so their populations fluctuate markedly with that of their prey species. They are the only large predator evolved to move through the snow, so they have very little competition. That's a good thing for them because they're very slow for a cat!

Photo of Kalispel, our Canada Lynx
Kalispel was born on 5/12/2000.
She is Cree's sister.
She is named after a Native American tribe.
Photo of Cree, our Canada Lynx
Cree was born on 5/12/2000.
He is Kalispel's brother.
He is named after a Native American tribe.

Photo of Denali, our Canada Lynx

Denali was born on 5/4/92.
He is named after Alaska's Mt. Denali, meaning "the high place."

** Denali died in June 2012. He was a very popular outreach ambassador for over 18 years.

link to hear Denali
Photo of Tiquanna, our Canada Lynx
Tiquanna was born on 5/9/09.
His name means "adopted son" in the Inuit language.

Siberian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

The Siberian lynx is nearly twice as large as its relative, the Canada lynx, with females weighing up to 50 pounds and males weighing up to 84 pounds. They live in Scandinavia and throughout the northern reaches of Russia. They prefer a forested habitat of dense undergrowth and cover. Being large cats, they can go after game as large as deer, although they also eat mice, rabbits, birds and other small animals. Siberian Lynxes are solitary animals which only come together to mate. They are still legally hunted for their beautiful spotted furs. The hunting of all other spotted cats was banned in 1975.

Photo of Tatiana, our Siberian Lynx
Tatiana was born on 6/7/1987.
Tatiana is a popular Russian girl’s name.
** Tatiana died in October 2010 at the amazing age of 23 years old.
Photo of Oksana, our Siberian Lynx
Oksana, female, was born on 5/8/94.
She is named after Oksana Baiul who won a gold medal for ice skating in the winter Olympics.

link to hear Oksana
Photo of Natasha,our Siberian Lynx
Natasha was born on 5/13/10.
Natasha is a popular Russian girl’s name.

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

The bobcat is native only to North America and is at home in many habitats from Florida to southern Canada. It has a reputation as a fierce fighter and a rowdy, aggressive animal, having evolved among the competition of wolves, coyotes and bears. Experts estimate that between 700,000 and 1.5 million bobcats range through the Untied States alone. It is still legal to hunt the bobcat in most states. This currently seems to have little effect on their population.

Photo of Cheyenne, our Bobcat
Cheyenne was born on 5/11/1999.
He is named after a Native American tribe.
Photo of Takoda, our Bobcat
Takoda was born on 10/15/2011.
His name means "everybody’s friend" in Lakotah Sioux.
Photo of Zuni, our Bobcat
Zuni was born on 4/25/95.
He is named after a Native American tribe.


Caracal (Felis caracal)

The caracal, or desert lynx, is a creature of the wide-open African savanna which also frequents scattered woodlands. They weigh between 20 and 40 pounds and are between 24 and 30 inches long, excluding the tail. They range across the African savanna belt and as far as the Middle East and sand dune regions of southern Iran. In India, where caracals once sat at the feet of princes, only scant numbers remain. Caracals are swift, powerful cats which can kill prey up to twice their body size, such as the 70-pound reedbuck. They also often feed on small prey, which they kill with repeated whackings with their deadly paws. The caracal is thought to be the fastest of the small cats.

Photo of Moremi,our Caracal
Moremi was born 10/17/08.
She is named after the Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana.
Photo of Mara,our Caracal
Mara was born on 9/3/91.
She is named after the Mara river in the Kenyan savanna.
Update - Mara died in September of 2009 at 18 years old. She represented her wild cousins with dignity and will be greatly missed.


Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)

The least known of all the big cats, the snow leopard lives high in the mountains of central Asia. These solitary cats prowl craggy mountain slopes just above the tree line, relying on their heavy coat to protect them from the severe Himalayan winters. The average male is 4 to 5 feet in length, with a tail as long as 3 feet. Snow leopards primarily hunt in the mornings and evenings, but are active all day. They hunt animals varied in size from small mice to large sheep that may take them a week to eat. Snow leopards are uncommon and rarely seen in their extreme habitats. Even so, they are hunted to satisfy illegal demand for their pelts which demand a high price on the international black market.

Photo of Chhinsu, our Snow Leopard
Chhinsu was born on 5/15/90.
She is named after a village in her native Nepal.

** Chhinsu died in July 2011 at the age of 21. She was our first outreach ambassador, an amazing cat who raised awareness and funds for her wild cousins throughout her life. She truly touched our hearts and we miss her.

link to hear Chhinsu
Photo of Asha, our Snow Leopard
Ashakiran was born on 6/6/01.
Her name means "ray of hope" in Hindi.

African Leopard (Panthera pardus)

The leopard is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. It is the most adaptable and widely distributed of all the big cats. They have beautiful spotted coats -- even black leopards (also called black panthers) have spots, although they are difficult to see. The black leopard is the same species as the normal golden-colored leopard, differing only in the gene for melanism, or black coloration. Leopards hunt alone at night, stalking their prey until it is close enough to pounce. While they mostly hunt small animals such as monkeys, birds, etc., they can and do kill prey as large as antelope and young zebras. They are known to hide their kill by dragging it up into a tree to prevent it from being "stolen" by other animals such as lions. The leopard is still illegally hunted for its beautiful skin, although its wide range and adaptability has kept the world number of leopards over an estimated 100,000.

Photo of Usiku, our African Leopard
Usiku was born on 4/5/93.
His name means "midnight" in the Ngoni language of Malawi.

link to hear Usiku
Photo of Umfazi, our African Leopard
Umfazi was born on 10/11/95.
Her name means "woman" in the Xhosa language of South Africa.

link to listen to the growl
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