The Wild Cat Book: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cats

Hardcover | October 2, 2014

byFiona Sunquist, Mel SunquistPhotographed byTerry Whittaker

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From the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammad’s favorite cat, Muezza, and our contemporary obsession with online cat videos, felines have long held a place of honor in their human counterparts’ homes and cultures. But the domestic cat is just one of many feline species, and in The Wild Cat Book cat experts Fiona and Mel Sunquist introduce us to the full panoply of the purring, roaring feline tribe.

Illustrated throughout with Terry Whittaker’s spectacular color photographs as well as unique photos from biologists in the field—some the highest quality images ever captured of exceptionally rare species—The Wild Cat Book not only tantalizes with the beauty of cats, but also serves as a valuable and accessible reference on cat behavior and conservation. Comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species include color distribution maps and up-to-date information related to the species’ IUCN conservation and management statuses, while informative sidebars reveal why male lions have manes (and why dark manes are sexiest), how cats see with their whiskers, the truth behind our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats can’t be vegetarians. The Wild Cat Book also highlights the grave threats faced by the world’s wild cats—from habitat destruction to human persecution.

From the extraordinary acrobatics of the arboreal margay—able to cling to a tree branch by a single paw thanks to its unusually flexible ankles—to modern declines in African lion populations, The Wild Cat Book is an instructive and revealing ode to felines of every size and color. Combining science, behavioral observations, and stunning photography, this book will captivate cat fanciers the world over.

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From the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammad’s favorite cat, Muezza, and our contemporary obsession with online cat videos, felines have long held a place of honor in their human counterparts’ homes and cultures. But the domestic cat is just one of many feline species, and in The Wild Cat Book cat experts Fion...

Fiona Sunquist is a science writer. Her work appears in print, interactive multimedia, and on websites; she is the author of five books and numerous popular articles. Mel Sunquist is professor emeritus in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Together they are the authors of Flor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:October 2, 2014Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226780260

ISBN - 13:9780226780269

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Panthera Lineage

Lion

Jaguar

Tiger

Snow Leopard

Leopard

Clouded Leopard

Bay Cat Lineage

Bay Cat

Marbled Cat

Asiatic Golden Cat

Caracal Lineage

Serval

Caracal

African Golden Cat

Ocelot Lineage

Ocelot

Margay

Geoffroy’s Cat

Guiña

Andean Cat

Oncilla

Pampas Cat

Lynx Lineage

Eurasian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

Canada Lynx

Bobcat

Puma Lineage

Cheetah

Puma

Jaguarundi

Leopard Cat Lineage

Pallas’s Cat

Fishing Cat

Leopard Cat

Flat-Headed Cat

Rusty-Spotted Cat

Domestic Cat Lineage

Domestic Cat

Black-Footed Cat

Wildcats

Sand Cat

Jungle Cat

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Additional Readings

Illustration Credits

Index

Editorial Reviews

"While there are many books about cats, none are like this book. The Wild Cat Book is a pleasure to read. The authors’ enthusiasm and passion for cats comes through in almost every paragraph, and the book should appeal to the largest possible cross section of people. Enhanced with geographic distribution maps and many photographs, The Wild Cat Book is a comprehensive, interesting, enjoyable, and current review of all that we know about members of the great family of cats, the Felidae.”