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By David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge

The editors make the most of their 50 years of mixed adventure in specialist engagement with the behaviour and ecology of untamed felids to attract jointly a different community of the world's most useful and a professional 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 entire evaluation chapters that span all of the themes such a lot proper to felid conservation technological know-how, together with evolution and systematics, felid shape and serve as, genetic functions, behavioural ecology, administration of species that come into clash with humans and keep watch over of overseas alternate in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ administration, and felid ailments. 19 specific case reports then delve deeply into syntheses of some of the best species investigations world wide, written through the entire best figures within the box. those chapters painting the original attributes of the wild felids, describe their interesting (and conflicting) courting with people, and create an extraordinary 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 technological know-how and motion that cross a long way past the cat family.

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It also occurs in montane forest and alpine moorland in the east of its range (Nowell and Jackson 1996; Ray and Butynski, in press). Two studies of scats—from the Ituri forest of the Congo (Hart et al. 1996) and the Dzanga-Sangha forest of the Central African Republic (Ray and Sunquist 2001)— found that rodents made up the majority of prey items (frequency of occurrence: 70% and 62%, respectively), followed by small- and medium-sized duiker antelopes (25% and 33%) and primates (5%). Other reported prey items include birds, pangolin (Manis gigantea), and in southern Sudan a female with two kittens was observed hunting bats as they swooped over fallen mangoes (Ray and Butynski, in Map 11 African golden cat.

IUCN Red List 2008. frequently, but hunted smaller prey with lower energy yields. Wetlands harbour comparatively high rodent densities compared with other habitat types, and form the core areas of serval home ranges (Geertsema 1985; Bowland 1990). 5 km2, respectively (Bowland 1990). 5 km2, respectively (Geertsema 1985). The minimum density of servals in optimal habitat in Ngorongoro Crater was 42 animals/100 km2 (Geertsema 1985). The serval is classified as Least Concern, being relatively abundant and widespread (and even expanding).

L. : O’Brien et al. 1987b) are the only remaining population (estimated at $175: IUCN 2008) in the wide historic Asian range of the lion. The Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by cultivated areas and inhabited by pastoralists (Maldharis) and their livestock. Domestic cattle have historically been a major part of the Asiatic lion’s diet, although the most common prey is the chital deer (Nowell and Jackson 1996). Outside this isolated Indian population, the lion is now found only south of the Sahara, primarily in savannah habitats, and primarily in eastern and southern Africa (77% of current lion range; Map 3).

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