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Big Cat Seasons April 13, 2006 2:03 AM

THE LONG RAINS - AFRICA

March/April marks the beginning of the Long Rains in Kenya, and the end of the dry season. Animals have been congregating around the last remaining patches of water - making perfect targets for the plains' top predators.



But now that the rains have arrived and are doing their magic trick - cloaking the savannahs with a new coat of green - the large herds of grazers can disperse further into the open plains - and the big cats can't afford to be so complacent any more...


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The Call of the Lynx April 14, 2006 10:55 AM

March and April means mating season for the Lynx, Lynx canadensis, in Canada and Northern America.



Males utter carrying calls to deter competitors, and rivals may fight. The males will seek out females whose territories overlap with theirs. Once he finds a female who is receptive, the male willl follow her night and day until she is ready to mate.



The previous season's litter will now be forced to leave their mother's side after a year under her care and supervision.

Females are pregnant for 8 to 11 weeks, and will expect to give birth to a litter of 1 to 4 kits in May. 
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 April 18, 2006 12:44 PM

A perfect moment to remind you all about the BBC Big Cat diary coming soon! http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/bcd/ Iain..  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Updates on Big Cat week - subscribe here! October 11, 2006 9:33 AM

Big Cat Newsflash - Wednesday 11 October ------------------------------- Big Cat Videos ------------------------------- Apologies for the lack of promised video updates. The Bristol part of the team has now arrived back in the UK with the following update on the status of the leopard team videos: "After a pretty tricky month of finding (or not...) Bella and Chui, things got a little busy right at the end of the shoot. As a result, we managed to film a leopard team clip, but didn't have time for a Q&A session with Saba. Apologies to all those who sent in leopard questions for her. As we filmed the leopard clip on the final shooting day, there wasn't time to send it back while the system was up and running in Kenya. We're now waiting for the massive hard drives (where all the footage is stored) to make it back to the UK so we can extract it and put it up on the site." As soon as the footage is live, we'll let you know with another newsflash. ------------------------------- YOU AND THIS NEWSLETTER: To join or leave the Big Cat Newsletter mailing list, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/bcd/newsletter/  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Big Cat Newsflash October 31, 2006 6:59 AM

Big Cat Newsflash - Friday 27 October

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On the web
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Footage for the new series has made it back to base from Kenya.
Unfortunately, the leopard team didn't manage to record a web piece in all the
sudden excitement of the final week of filming - which bodes well for
the series at least.

So, Saba has agreed to record her Q&A when she's next in Bristol. Not
quite 'from the field' but we didn't want all your questions to go to
waste.

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On TV
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Big Cat Diary: Family Histories
Sunday 29 October, 5.30pm BBC Two (Rpt)
Don't miss this trip down memory lane with the endearing odd couple,
lion cub cousins Cheza and Sala.

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