Bobcats

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A few shots of juvenile Bobcats taken at the Cat Survival Trust near Welwyn in Hertfordshire. Bobcats are mainly found in forests, mountainous areas, deserts and and subtropical swamps in the USA, Canada and Mexico. The Cat Survival Trust is … Continue reading

Snow Leopard

Here are a few shots of one of  the worlds most elusive cats, the superb Snow Leopard.  Taken at the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire it would simply not be possible to see such a fantastic looking cat as they tend to be found amongst high rugged mountain landscapes in Asia.  Sadly,  they are now critically endangered due to the decline of their natural prey (goats, cattle, yaks etc) and the fact that at one point their fur was highly sought after.

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Eurasian Wildcat

Here are a few shots of the muscular and highly aggressive Eurasian Wildcat taken at the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire.  I used my 50mm prime lens which provides a lovely blurred background and actually makes the wildcat look more like a domestic cat and perhaps cute and cuddly.  However, picture 4 clearly demonstrates the aggressive side of its nature.

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Amur Leopard

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Cat Survival Trust in Hertfordshire with professional wildlife photographer Peter Smart.  The Cat Survival Trust is little known and not open to the pubic (members only) and its primary objective is to house an array of rare and incredible wild cat species for education and conservation purposes.  Currently the Trust houses a number of wild cats which include the Asian Wild Cat, Serval, Caracal Asian Golden Cat, Amur Leopards, Puma, Jaguar and Snow Leopard.  The following shots are of the Amur Leopard which is deemed critically endangered with approximately 45 adults left in the wild, making it the most endangered big cat in the world (yes the world!).  To get up close and personal with such a rare big cat was fabulous and indeed a highlight of the day.  Thanks also must go to the wonderful staff, who I hasten to add are unpaid volunteers and do a wonderful job of ensuring the survival of big cats.  Many more details here: http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/default.aspx

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