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 Miscellaneous genera

The Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) is a cat of the cold northern areas of Asia. It paws are insolated and broad allowing this cat to walk in the snow. They are very rare and elusive as well. Poaching is a serious threat to those that are found because their fur is valuable on the black market.

 

The Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is a deep jungle cat.  It has no close relatives in the cat family and its ancestry is yet to be determined. Clouded leopards hunt big prey from treetop, jumping onto their backs. Small prey, such as birds,  are easily apprehended in the treetops. They carry the longest canine teeth of any cat compared to body size.

 The Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a subspecies of the African cheetah.  This Asian cat is not as numerous if you could call the African cheetah numerous, and numbered about 200 individuals in 1995. The live in Iran and few might be located in northwest Afghanistan. They dwindle on the edge of extinction.    

The Pallas's Cat (Otocolobus manul) lives in the desolate cold desert steppes of central Asia. They can be found as high as 13000 feet. This cat can tolerate cold and heat and has furred feet for walking on hot earth or cold snow. Its fur coat is insolating and is the longest and densest of any  wild cat's fur. It lives in caves and rocky crevices for shelter. It eats birds and small mammals like pikas, hares and ground squirrels.

The Iriomote Cat (Mayailurus iriomotensis) is sometimes thought of as a subspecies of the leopard cat. The cat was only discovered in 1965. Its distribution is limited to the island of Iromote near Taiwan. The island supports a wide variety of animals and is one of the last wilderness areas in Japan. The Irimote cat hunts the island's 113-square miles of jungles and beaches for large skinks, fruit bats, fish ,crabs, and even insects.

The Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) is cat that like the clouded leopard, for whom it resembles, that has is relationships to the other cats in mystery. The cat is only a little bigger than a house cat , but sports a tail that is huge and out of proportion. A arboreal life makes this stocky and long appendage necessary.  little is known of it habits though.

The Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) is also found is Asia but it is a similar cat to the European individuals.  

 

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Last Updated 07/10/03 

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