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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:05 PM

WCS photo of rare cat in Bolivia wins BBC prize

WCS photo of rare cat in Bolivia wins BBC prize
November 29, 2012



A photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists of a little known Bolivian cat species called an oncilla has won a BBC Wildlife camera-trap photo competition

The photo, which won the New Discoveries category, documents the first-known occurrence of this extremely rare spotted cat in Madidi National Park. The Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) occurs across the Amazon and along the tropical Andes.

About the size of a house cat, they are the smallest cat species of South America's lowlands. Very little is known about their life history. WCS researchers Guido Ayala, Maria Viscarra, and Robert Wallace submitted the photo taken last July during camera trap surveys of jaguars and other wildlife living in Madidi considered to be among the most biodiverse protected areas on the planet.

More than 1,300 entries were submitted from around the world. The winning entry received 1,000 (approximately $1,500), courtesy of Paramo Directional Clothing Systems and the World Land Trust.

The photo is featured in the December issue of BBC Wildlife and on the website www.discoverwildlife.com

More:
http://phys.org/news/2012-11-wcs-photo-rare-cat-bolivia.html#jCp

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Reply WCS photo of rare cat in Bolivia wins BBC prize (Original post)
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 OP
Warpy Nov 2012 #1
hlthe2b Nov 2012 #2
Warpy Nov 2012 #9
freshwest Nov 2012 #3
TwilightGardener Nov 2012 #4
niyad Nov 2012 #5
catbyte Nov 2012 #6
ellie Nov 2012 #7
robinlynne Nov 2012 #8
libodem Nov 2012 #10
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #11
Cleita Nov 2012 #12
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #13
Cleita Nov 2012 #14
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 #15
Cleita Nov 2012 #16
sakabatou Nov 2012 #17
wisteria Dec 2012 #18
WinkyDink Dec 2012 #19
ReRe Dec 2012 #20
patrice Dec 2012 #21
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #22

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:11 PM

1. Beautiful cat! Thanks

Too bad it probably looks a lot sweeter than it is.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:12 PM

2. That is one beautiful cat... I dearly hope something can be done to avoid it falling....

victim to the exotic pet trade...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:09 AM

9. The range is really huge, and while it's under pressure from fur traders

and habitat loss, it's not endangered. Yet.

In its favor are the camo coat and the shy habits.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:15 PM

3. What a beauty, hope its habitat will remain for them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:22 PM

4. What a cool cat!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:27 PM

5. what a beautiful cat--it looks so sweet--hope its habitat remains.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:34 PM

6. What a gorgeous cat. Great picture.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:49 PM

7. So cute!

I want to kiss his fuzzy head.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:05 AM

8. beautiful! A tiny leopard.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:09 AM

10. Camo cat

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:30 AM

11. I wonder if they can be tamed?

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

12. Maybe raised from a kitten, but why would you want to?

Even a hand raised wild cat living in your house wouldn't be like a house cat and you would be forced to make it live in a cage. There are a variety of small wild cats that are kept in zoos and that are just as beautiful as that one. If you observe them at the zoo, it's easy to see that they aren't suitable as pets.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:20 PM

13. He's just so cute.

I would love to own one. But you're right. Not a good idea to have one around when you also like rabbits.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:54 PM

14. There is a breed of domestic cats that are spotted.

I can't remember the name but they are just as cute and suitable as house pets.

On edit: I found this. http://www.thecatsite.com/t/247668/a-quick-guide-to-the-spotted-cat-breeds

The kitty I was referring to is an Ocicat.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:44 PM

15. Went to find a photo of ocicats, and post one here. They were all so beautiful,

I couldn't find one better than the others, so I brought the link:

http://images.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4TSND_enUS411US412&q=ocicat&biw=1311&bih=568&sei=Lii5UIOKArKQ0QG08YDwDg&tbm=isch

Wow. They are wonderful. Thanks!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:54 PM

16. Oh, they are beautiful.

Thank you for finding this photo gallery!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:17 PM

17. Looks so cute.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:34 PM

18. Gorgeous sweetheart. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:55 AM

19. Beautiful creature! We are lucky to have intrepid photographers.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:37 AM

20. I want that cat!

But I'm sure it could never be domesticated/tamed. What a beauty!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:08 PM

21. Blessings on Bolivia for protecting this beautiful creature! nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:47 AM

22. Kick.

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