By Luke Hunter
Africa's wild cats have lengthy been a spotlight of fascination and intrigue between tourists and flora and fauna fanatics. along the massive three―lion, leopard, and cheetah―Africa is domestic to a different seven species of cats: the caracal, serval, African wildcat, black-footed cat, African golden cat, jungle cat, and sand cat.
With photographer Gerald Hinde's beautiful, crisp, picture photographs, Luke Hunter offers a accomplished assessment of the full cat relations in Africa―the simply position in the world the place sightings of untamed cats are a typical incidence. He discusses intimately pussycat anatomy, predation and searching suggestions, social structures, festival and clash, and conservation and threats, supplying the reader the most up-tp-date examine and findings.
From the recognized and well known African parks with their celebrated, safari-friendly pussycats, to the few last locations at the continent uninhabited by means of people, Cats of Africa deals magnificent and intriguing pictures of the animals from numerous destinations, depicting infrequent and fascinating habit, a few of which hasn't ever sooner than been recorded.
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4 meters ahead of the wolf ’s nose. But the wolf swam on. Again it gained on the deer . . and again the water exploded with bleating and thrashing, waves now moving away from the disturbance in a widening circle. . But the wolf was beaten. The two 24 Chapter 1 heads continued swimming, but this time the wolf swam straight back toward our wild shore while the deer continued toward the island. 62. June 2, 2006—Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (M. Metz) At 0753 hr, breeding male Wolf 295M arose as he saw a mule deer buck a few hundred meters from the Swan Lake Pack den and stalked toward the deer.
Wolf 295M also occasionally swam toward the deer. Once 295M grabbed the deer’s hind end, but the deer quickly escaped. At 0838 hr, the deer was tucked against a steep bank, and 295M began crossing toward the deer. The wolf briefly grabbed the deer, and then quickly emerged from the river and shadowed the deer from the bank. At 0839 hr, the deer struggled in the water and collapsed at the river’s edge while 295M watched. Wolf 295M immediately crossed the river while the deer was barely standing on its front legs.
By 1326 hr, the deer was within 50 m of the wolves. Neither deer nor wolves appeared to be aware of the other. At 1336 hr the deer froze, then charged the wolves but stopped 25 m away. The wolves stood staring at the deer and at each other about 20 sec; then one rushed after the deer, which turned and ran with high bounds through chest-deep snow. The wolf got within 10 m, but once on higher ground the deer easily outdistanced the wolf. The wolf gave up 25 m after reaching high ground. Total length of chase—100 m; closest wolf got to deer—10 m.