Sunday, September 25, 2011

African Golden Cat Recorded on Video for First Time (Videos) *Most elusive, least studied cat in Africa*

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One of first photos ever taken of the African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata) in Gabon 2003


First Known Footage of African Golden Cat Released by Panthera – Part 1 A team led by Panthera Kaplan scholar and graduate student, Laila Bahaa-el-din, in Gabon captured this rare footage of one of the least known and most elusive wild cats on earth – the African golden cat. The footage was taken with cameras set as part of a research project to understand how African golden cats are affected by different levels of human activity, such as logging and hunting, which are prevalent across forested Africa. The footage shows what Panthera believes to be a young adult male of the grey phase with a very rich spotting pattern, sitting directly in front of our camera.



First Known Footage of African Golden Cat Released by Panthera – Part 2 A team led by Panthera Kaplan scholar and graduate student, Laila Bahaa-el-din, in Gabon captured this rare footage of one of the least known and most elusive wild cats on earth – the African golden cat. The footage was taken with cameras set as part of a research project to understand how African golden cats are affected by different levels of human activity, such as logging and hunting, which are prevalent across forested Africa. The footage shows what Panthera believes to be a young adult male of the grey phase with a very rich spotting pattern, hunting a bat at night.


Distribution of African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata

Panthera


International Union for Conservation of Nature
Conserving Biodiversity


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