Wild Cats: November 2008 Archives

WildlifeChristianTheLion.jpg I blogged about Christian the Lion and now the story is available on DVD. A heartwarming Holiday gift for anyone. Cat lover or not, everyone will be touched by this remarkable story. Buy the Christian the Lion DVD: Christian The Lion at World's End directly at the Born Free Website.

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The film was originally made on 16 mm film in 1972. It made a brief appearance in U.K. movie theatres and was released on VHS in 80's and on DVD in 2006. The DVD is coded Region 0 so it can be played anywhere in the world.

All proceeds and royalties go directly to the Born Free Foundation so not only are you getting a wonderful story about how this lion was raised from a cub by two very kind men and how they helped him make the transfer to the wilds of Africa, but you are helping to save wild cats and other animals all over the world.

WildlifeLionsAreFree.jpgHollywood might even make this documentary in to a full length feature film! And I've heard rumors that the book, "A Lion Called Christian" will be reprinted in March 2009 - but for now you can download the e-book and find out more about Christian at A Lion Called Christian. and visit the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to learn about the man, George Adamson and his great work to preserve animals in Africa.

You can also get the Born Free DVD that documents the life of George Adamason and his work with lions to retrain them to take care of themselves in the wild, and it's sequel, The Lions Are Free "In this film Bill Travers travels back to remote Kenya to find the legendary George Adamson, some of the lions from Born Free and to witness Adamson's struggle to return his man-made pride to a free and natural life."

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Other posts I think you might like:

The true story of Christian the lion...

12 cats that will be extinct by 2020

The European Cave Lion was the largest cat that ever lived...

A cat's daily diary vs a dog's daily diary...

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sand_cat.jpgI saw the Sand at online for the first time the other day. I asked Melanie about this cat and she told me she discovered it online this year for the first time as well. You can read her post about the Sand Cat here. Considering that we are both big time cat lovers, it's really interesting that both of us had never heard of this cat before.

The Sand Cat as mentioned is a fairly rare cat. This species of cats avoids water holes (due to the fact it gets its water from its prey) and only congregates with others for mating. Needless to say, they're kind of loners in the cat world.

What is known about them is that their fur has a sand like color and their heads tend to be very broad. This cat is about two feet long and only weighs around six pounds.

This beautiful cat can be found in the deserts of Iran and Pakistan and have special long hairs on their paws to protect them from the hot sand. According to what I have learned about Sand Cats, they can survive extreme temperature variances that typically occur in a desert. Considering their small sizes, I would say that these cats are real troopers. There's not much difference between these cats and a typical domestic cat. Speaking of domestic cats, considering that they average around six pounds, I can see an exotic market for these cats.

According to my research, the Sand Cat was born in captivity for the first time last year at the Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates.

I couldn't find much information on this cat, if you have extra information, share below! Take care.

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Happy Saturday!

I thought I would do a post on the special Pallas cat . The breed is around the same size as a domestic house cat. They have short legs and a really thick coat. They kind of look like small sheep from behind.

These cats can be found in the Asian steppes and they can be found up to 13000 feet above sea level. They're beautiful and unique cats. I'm not sure if they can be domesticated but if they can, I'd like one.

I found it really challenging finding any information on this cat online. I did find a website called the Pallas Cat Project. This not for profit organization is focused on researching these little known animals and helping to understand why this breed has a very high infant mortality rate. They are accepting donations so if you're interested, check their website out.

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Some would say that this is an interesting video because we get a first hand account of a wild boar pushing a full grown lioness around on the savana. My explanation is pretty simple, the lion wasn't hungry for bacon that day. It seems like the lioness is irritated by the seemingly stupid wild boar. I mean really, what chance does a wild boar have against a hungry lion?!

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asiatic-lion.jpgOur friend Kishore Kotecha from the Wildlife Conservation Trust has contributed a post about the horrible circumstances facing the endangered Asiatic Lions. At the rate these beautiful animals are dying, we may not be able to see them in their natural habitat in the not so distant future.

CALL OF THE KING: The Importance of Asiatic Lions

The Gir forest, located in Gujarat (India), is the last home of rarest species of Asiatic Lion. It is classified as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN. In the beginning of 19th century when there were about 20 lions in the wild, efforts made by the Nawab (King) of Gir saved them from extinction. Today, in spite of vigorous conservation efforts of the Gujarat Forest Department, the lion population is only at 359. Do we want our children to see these beautiful cats only in a Museum or Zoo?

Asiatic Lion face many threats like congestion, roads & religious places inside the forest, loss of habitat, man-animal conflict, genetic bottle-neck and poaching. But man made open-wells is the most severe threat that the species faces today. It is unbelievable but true that from 2001 until May 2008, 53 Open Well incidences were recorded in which 28 lions died! That number represents almost 10% of total population!

Open wells are deep pits; 60 to 100 feet deep, without parapets or boundary walls. They are dug by farmers as a source of water for irrigation and livestock. Most of the farmers in Gir are poor with very small land holdings. Hence most of them cannot afford to barricade their wells.asiatic_lion_open_well.jpg

Why do the Animals fall into Open Wells? Lions and other wild animals regularly stray outside the forest due to over-crowding and are in regular search of food. There are more than 9000 open-wells in 6km periphery surrounding the Gir Forest. Most of these wells are hidden in the thick vegetation. These wells also become slippery on the edge because of soil erosion. Wild animals like Lions, Leopards, Crocodiles, Pythons and Deer accidentally fall into such open-wells and die due to drowning. Apart from wild animals even domestic cattle and sometimes small children of the poor laborers fall into Open Wells.

Rescue Operations

The Gir Forest is a big area with poor internal roads. Thus, it is not always possible to reach the incidence spot and successfully rescue the animal. Rescued animals are seriously injured and sometimes permanently disabled. In some cases, they are not fit to be released back into the wild. One such rescued lion lost its vision and spent the rest of its natural life in a zoo in blindness.

What needs to be done?

The time has come to act fast. We need to barricade all the Open Wells as soon as possible. With a small donation of money per well, you can prevent the needless death and injury of these highly endangered animals.

An Appeal

asiatic_lion_open_well2.jpgThe time has come for us to help these precious animals. Let us leave no stone unturned in our commitment to save the last surviving Asiatic Lions in the world. I heartily appeal to everyone to generously help us in our endeavour.

Please download full presentation from www.asiaticlion.org/openwell.pps. For further information and help please contact: Kishore Kotecha, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mob: +91 98240 62062 info@asiaticlion.org

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