October 3, 2004

World's wild cats

I recently read an article in TIME about the plight of wild cats- How their population is dwindling worldwide owing to agricultural needs of human beings getting in the way of their very survival-wild cats (meaning cheetahs, cougars, leopards, tigers, lions) were meant to roam across continents-It has been estimated that a single cat can cover as much as 400 square miles in search of prey or mate-taking that into account, nature reserves just become giant zoos for such animals-the long-term solution lies in trying to link nature reserves (so called ecological corridors) in order to give such cats more freedom to roam and procreate healthily (inbreeding has become a major problem, across cat species). But then comes the issue of direct contact with human beings, since such ecological corridors will be very proximal to human habitations..

Posted by jaya0023 at October 3, 2004 7:57 PM