By David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge
The editors make the most of their 50 years of mixed event in specialist engagement with the behaviour and ecology of untamed felids to attract jointly a special community of the world's Most worthy and an expert specialists. For the 1st time, this inter-disciplinary learn programme is introduced jointly inside of a unmarried quantity.
Beginning with an entire account of all 36 felid species, there keep on with eight accomplished overview chapters that span the entire themes such a lot appropriate to felid conservation technological know-how, together with evolution and systematics, felid shape and serve as, genetic purposes, behavioural ecology, administration of species that come into clash with humans and regulate of foreign alternate in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ administration, and felid illnesses. 19 particular case reviews then delve deeply into syntheses of some of the best species investigations world wide, written by means of all of the major figures within the box. those chapters painting the original attributes of the wild felids, describe their interesting (and conflicting) dating with people, and create an unprecedented platform for destiny study and conservation measures. a last bankruptcy analyses the necessities of, and inter-disciplinary ways to, functional conservation with state of the art examples of conservation technology and motion that pass a ways past the cat family.
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Male tiger home ranges are 2–15 times larger than females (Sunquist and Sunquist 2002), and average 1379 Æ 531 km2 in the Russian Far East (Goodrich et al. 2007). 45/100 km2 where prey is more thinly distributed, as in Russia’s Sikhote Alin Mountains (Nowell and Jackson 1996). With their substantial food requirements, tigers require a healthy large ungulate prey base, but these species are also under heavy human subsistence hunting pressure and competition from domestic livestock. Karanth and Stith (1999) consider prey base depletion to be the leading threat to tigers in areas of otherwise suitable habitat.
G. different requirements for crypsis, differing behaviours, or habitat use). Being so similar in form and function, coexisting felids are destined to rivalry. This competition can take a number of forms, for instance exploitative competition where sympatric felids compete for resources, or more direct interference competition, where sympatric felids harass or kill non-conspeciﬁcs (Mills 1991). Competitive interactions can determine the presence or absence, abundance, behaviour, and distribution of carnivores within guilds of sympatric species.
IUCN 2008. Clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa (Grifﬁth, 1821) The clouded leopard, named for its elliptical pelage markings, held the unique position within the family Felidae of a ‘small, big cat’ (Sunquist and Sunquist 2002) until it was split into two species in 2006 (see Neofelis diardi). , in prep). 5 cm (Guggisberg 1975). It is highly arboreal, its tail being c. 1 m long, although clouded leopards have been most frequently observed on the ground (Sunquist and Sunquist 2002). While they have been observed hunting primates in trees (Nowell and Jackson 1996), the only study to Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild felids 17 overlap between males and females, Grassman et al.
Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids by David Macdonald, Andrew Loveridge