Wild cats are elusive and wary by nature, and notoriously challenging to study in the wild. Researchers know a lot about some species, like lions, and virtually nothing about others, like clouded leopards.
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Wild cats are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
A Lot to Learn
Tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and lions are iconic, and most people are familiar with the big cats of the world. Smaller cats are just as vital to their ecosystems, but are vastly understudied by comparison.
Small cats tend to adapt more easily to manmade environments than big cats are able to, but because they are small and elusive, they can be easily missed. While we understand some of the threats that small cats face, there’s still a lot that we don’t know. What we do know is that many small cats are now considered endangered or vulnerable, and we have to act quickly if we’re going to save them.
Small cat species.
Living in the Shadows
Small cats are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica, but many species remain just as mysterious today as when they were first discovered by science, hundreds of years ago. In some cases, small cats are overshadowed by the well-known big cats with whom they share habitat. This is the case for the little-studied Pallas’ cat in the mountains of Central Asia, whose territory overlaps the iconic snow leopard’s.
We know small cats are adaptable—they’ve been seen sharing habitat with other cat species, big and small. But in many cases, we don’t know what they eat, how they hunt, or when they breed. Such an incomplete understanding of a species makes it hard to protect. Now it’s a race against time to learn as much as possible.
To protect wild cats and ensure their survival, we’ve launched the Global Cat Conservancy™. Help us kick off this lifesaving effort.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Global Cat Conservancy™ will help fight poaching and wildlife trafficking, protect humans and wild cats from deadly clashes with each other, and help scientists find cures for life-threatening diseases that are devastating wild cat populations.
Wild Cats Need You
Help us solve miscatceptions and defend against extinction.