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Friday, April 22, 2016

Which Cat Species Are Endangered? We Take Stock on Earth Day 2016


Four endangered cat species. Clockwise from top left:
Amur Tiger, Andean Cat, Flat-headed Cat, Fishing Cat.
Credits: Amur Tiger in Louisville Zoo by Ltshears [CC BY-SA 3.0].
Andean Cat by Jim Sanderson [CC BY-SA 3.0 ].
Flat-headed Cat by Jim Sanderson [CC BY-SA 3.0].
Fishing Cat in Tennoji Zoo, Osaka, Japan, by pelican [CC BY-SA 2.0].

For Earth Day 2016, we thought we’d take a look at how our wild cousins are doing, so we went to the Internet to collect data, which She of Little Talent put into this table. She even added subspecies and color-coded it, so it might actually be useful. As you can see, some species seem to be doing well, but there is still too much yellow, orange, and red (Vulnerable, Endangered, and Critically Endangered, respectively) on that list.
To get a Word or pdf file of the list, drop an e-mail to roby@robysweet.com and we’ll send you one.

Conservation Status of Wild Cat Species
Taxonomic Name
Common Name
Status (publication date)*
Panthera leo
Lion
Vulnerable (2015)
P. leo
West African subpopulation
Critically Endangered (2015)
P. leo persica
Asiatic Lion, Indian Lion
Endangered (2008)
Panthera tigris
Tiger
Endangered (2015)
P. tigris altaica
Amur Tiger
Endangered (2011)
P. tigris amoyensis
South China Tiger
Critically Endangered, possibly extinct in wild (2015)
P. tigris corbetti
Indochinese Tiger
Endangered (2011)
P. tigris jacksoni
Malayan Tiger
Critically Endangered (2015)
P. tigris sumatrae
Sumatran Tiger
Critically Endangered (2008)
P. tigris tigris
Bengal Tiger
Endangered (2011)
P. tigris balica
Bali Tiger
Extinct (1940s)
P. tigris sondaica
Javan Tiger
Extinct (mid-1970s)
P. tigris virgata
Caspian Tiger
Extinct (1970s)
Panthera onca
Jaguar
Near Threatened
Panthera uncia
Snow Leopard
Endangered
Panthera pardus
Leopard
Near Threatened
P. pardus kotiya
Sri Lankan Leopard
Endangered (2008)
P. pardus melas
Javan Leopard
Critically Endangered (2008)
P. pardus nimr
Arabian Leopard
Critically Endangered (2008)
P. pardus orientalis
Amur Leopard
Critically Endangered (2008)
P. pardus saxicolor
Persian Leopard
Endangered (2008)
Neofilis nebulosa
Clouded Leopard
Vulnerable
Catopuma badia
Borneo Bay Cat
Endangered
Pardofelis marmorata
Marbled Cat
Near Threatened
Catopuma temminckii
Asiatic Golden Cat
Near Threatened
Leptailurus serval
Serval
Least Concern
Caracal caracal
Caracal
Least Concern
Caracal aurata
African Golden Cat
Vulnerable (2015)
Leopardus pardalis
Ocelot
Least Concern (2015)
Leopardus wiedii
Margay
Near Threatened (2015)
Leopardus geoffroyi
Geoffroy’s Cat
Least Concern (2015)
Leopardus guigna
GuiƱa
Vulnerable (2015)
Leopardus jacobita
Andean Cat
Endangered (2008)
Leopardus tigrinus
Oncilla
Vulnerable (2008)
L. tigrinus oncilla
Central American Oncilla, Central American Little Spotted Cat
Endangered (2008)
Leopardus colocolo
Pampas Cat
Near Threatened (2015)
Lynx lynx
Eurasian Lynx
Least Concern (2015)
L. lynx balcanicus
Balkan Lynx
Critically Endangered (2015)
Lynx pardinus
Iberian Lynx
Endangered (2015)
Lynx canadensis
Canadian Lynx
Least Concern (2015)
Lynx rufus
Bobcat
Least Concern (2008)
Acinonyx jubatus
Cheetah
Vulnerable (2015)
A. jubatus hecki
Northwest African Cheetah, Saharan Cheetah
Critically Endangered (2008)
A. jubatus venaticus
Asiatic Cheetah, Iranian Cheetah
Critically Endangered (2008)
Puma concolor
Puma
Least Concern (2015)
Herpailurus yagouaroundi
Jaguarundi
Least Concern (2015)
Otocolobus manul
Pallas’s Cat (Manul)
Near Threatened (2015)
Prionailurus viverrinus
Fishing Cat
Endangered (2010)
Prionailurus bengalensis
Leopard Cat
Least Concern (2015)
P. bengalensis iriomotensis
Iriomote Cat
Critically Endangered (2015)
P. bengalensis robori
Visayan Leopard Cat
Vulnerable (2008)
Prionailurus planiceps
Flat-headed Cat
Endangered (2015)
Prionailurus rubiginosus
Rusty-spotted Cat
Vulnerable (2008)
Felis nigripes
Black-footed Cat
Vulnerable (2008)
Felis silvestris
Wild Cat
Least Concern (2015)
Felis margarita
Sand Cat
Near Threatened (2011)
Felis chaus
Jungle Cat
Least Concern (2008)
Source: IUCN Red List (www.iucnredlist.org). Accessed April 19, 2016.
*For extinct species, parentheses indicate date of extinction.


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