By David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge
The editors make the most of their 50 years of mixed event in specialist engagement with the behaviour and ecology of untamed felids to attract jointly a different community of the world's most valuable and an expert specialists. For the 1st time, this inter-disciplinary study programme is introduced jointly inside a unmarried quantity.
Beginning with a whole account of all 36 felid species, there stick with eight accomplished overview chapters that span the entire issues so much proper to felid conservation technology, together with evolution and systematics, felid shape and serve as, genetic purposes, behavioural ecology, administration of species that come into clash with humans and keep an eye on of overseas exchange in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ administration, and felid ailments. 19 particular case experiences then delve deeply into syntheses of some of the best species investigations around the world, written by means of the entire best figures within the box. those chapters painting the original attributes of the wild felids, describe their interesting (and conflicting) dating with people, and create an unprecedented platform for destiny study and conservation measures. a last bankruptcy analyses the necessities of, and inter-disciplinary methods to, functional conservation with state-of-the-art examples of conservation technology and motion that move some distance past the cat family.
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7 A cheetah, killed and partly eaten by a leopard in the Kalahari. Circumstantial evidence indicated that the cheetah was injured prior to being attacked by the leopard. L. Mills. 8 A caracal, having killed a wildcat, and carried it aloft a tree, in the Kalahari, prior to partly eating it. L. Mills. Venkataraman and Johnsingh 2004), perhaps because leopards not only compete for prey but also predate on adults and juveniles of these species. Spotted hyenas kleptoparasitize leopard kills and as a consequence leopards often cache their kills in trees out of reach of competitors.
Loveridge (unpublished data) Merwe 2004) and 39,000 (Chardonnet 2002). An estimated 42% of major lion populations are declining (Bauer 2008). Genetic population models indicate that large populations (50–100 lion prides) are necessary to conserve genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding, which increases signiﬁcantly when populations fall below 10 prides. Male dispersal is also im¨ rklund portant to conserving genetic variation (Bjo 2003). These conditions are rarely met, although there are at least 17 lion ‘strongholds’ >50,000 km2 (Bauer 2008).
Clouded leopards may be less arboreal on Borneo (Rabinowitz et al. 1987) than on Sumatra, where tigers and leopards are sympatric. 4 adults (A. Hearn and J. 0 adults/100 km2 (Wilting et al. 29/100 km2 on Sumatra (Hutajulu et al. 18 Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids Plate A Sunda clouded leopard Neofelis diardi, caught on a camera trap. # Andreas Wilting. 2007). They are classiﬁed as Vulnerable by IUCN (2008). The Sumatran province of Riau lost 11% of its forest cover in 2005/6, and 65% over the past 25 years (Uryu et al.