Rare Chinese Mountain Cat

Posted on September 30, 2007  Comments (7)

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Rare Chinese Cat Captured on Film

Triggered by body heat, a remote camera recently captured this image of the elusive Chinese mountain cat at about 12,300 feet (3,750 meters) on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in China’s Sichuan Province. A total of eight images of the feline represent the first time the mountain cat has been photographed in the wild, said Jim Sanderson, a cat specialist with the Wildlife Conservation Network who led the team that snapped the rare shots. A paper about the cat will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Science.

“There’s no interest in its conservation because it’s poorly known, but now perhaps this will change.”

I am biased by my love of cats but I hope this helps conservation efforts.

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7 Responses to “Rare Chinese Mountain Cat”

  1. danit
    January 29th, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Hey,
    I love cats very much and I try to get as much information about these amazing animals.
    It was very interesting to hear about the chinese cat.
    danit

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    June 1st, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    “this study gives us hope to think that little hidden cameras might help us better understand where these charismatic cats and other rare animals roam…”

  4. ibiza
    March 17th, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    Great post! I always enjoy reading your stories! Thumbs up!

  5. Nathan
    November 7th, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    There are lots of animal conservation devices. I’ve seen bird sound monitoring, spy cameras and small videos to monitor their population. I like my cats when caught on my camera, they are so funny, a stress reliever.

  6. Anonymous
    July 9th, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    I love the cats and its amazing that we are still unaware of some popular rare animals.I Think people are spending their time in finding and exploring these kind of rare animals as they are sacred treasure for the comming human generation

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