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Rare Wild Cats Caught on Camera

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Rare Wild Cats Caught on Camera

By Cherise Udell, Feline Muse

Thanks to infrared triggers, otherwise known as camera traps, World Wildlife scientists caught extraordinary snapshots of five of the seven wild cat species found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. In early 2011, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted a three-month survey of an unprotected forest corridor in the area known as Thirty Hills. As a result, its camera traps produced 404 action shots of the wild felines:

  • 226 of the Sumatran tiger
  • 77 of the clouded leopard
  • 70 of the golden cat
  • 27 of the leopard cat
  • 4 of the marble cat

A clouded leopard examines leaf litter. Notice his unusually long tail.

All images: WWF-Indonesia/PHKA

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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6:10PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Fantastic photos of beautiful cats. I can't ever remember seeing palm oil on food packets. Will be checking in the morning.

6:44PM PST on Nov 30, 2011


8:48AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Those are some gorgeous cats. Palm oil is hard to eliminate completely as it's so pervasive in everything. But I guess every little bit helps. Hopefully we can save these creatures before they are lost to us for good.

12:36AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

the linked petition is closed :(

5:55AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Wow. Yes the park must be extended to protect more animals, such a pity the whole of Sumatra couldn't be a wildlife haven!

7:40AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

really superv.. first time i seen......

5:08AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

I agree totally with Heather - for me personally, besides food which is a big problem, i am palm oil free. Hooray to me but it doesn't change the world. personally i am sick of reading the stories, and not seeing something REALLY done about it. people like us who read care2 and similar already know about the issues. WWF will you get out to the rest of the world and tell them!! Sorry but i give monay every month to WWF and others and unless we start closing down businessess that sell illegally logged timber products or doing something REALLY drastic, then we haven't time to wait for the general public to start waking up to the problem. NO-ONE in my office, for example has any idea about palm oil (except for those i have bored with the facts). Compare this little office with the rest of the world and the rainforest is in REAL trouble. What the hell can be done?

11:50PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Palm Oil is in virtually all manufactured products ie cookies, frozen foods, etc. Do people still need reminders to read labels? These plantations have devastated much of Indonesia and the Govt is also involved in logging businesses. Huge fires lit spread ash and smoke for thousands of km. as they clear the land for palm oil plantations and wildlife really suffers as their habitat dwindles.
I hope these readers think beyond the beauty of these cats and change their habits in order to protect the orangutang and cats of this island.

1:31PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

I want to pet the tiger with the long tail! Sooooo beautiful!

1:21PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Look at the size of that tail!

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