Okay, Okay, that title is misleading. These aren't really kitties, nor are they all that sweet, I venture, given that they are wild cats. But they are truly wonderful, and I am delighted to share with you a glimpse of these wonderful, proud animals from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.
My friend Meldee and her husband Don have graciously played reporters-at-large for me this week, sharing these photos with us, as well as the stories of these remarkable animals.
|The Amur Leopard just chillin'|
According to Wikipedia there are several groups trying to save this beautiful animal. The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is one initiative of Russian and western conservation organisations trying to conserve the Amur leopard and the Amur tiger and secure a future for both species in the Russian Far East and Northeast China.
There are two Amur Leopards in residence at the Hogle Zoo. I'm glad they are helping to preserve these beautiful beasts.
Next (below) we have a Black-footed cat baby cub that was just born this year. The black-footed cat is Africa's smallest wild cat species. Small wild cats have a difficult time breeding in captivity, so the Hogle Zoo created a special environment that would be a happier place for these little ones to thrive. Their Species Preservation Plan received special recognition for their work in this area back in 2009 when the first baby cat was born there.
|Black-footed cat cub|
This one (above) looks like he'd be a great friend to my Jack! What a little sweet face. I'd love to take him home.... then I started wondering what the couch would look like after he got through with it? Hmmmmm. Maybe he's better off in the Zoo!
Speaking of sweet cats, here is the Sand Cat or the Sand Dune Cat. Don caught him sleeping on a branch. Looks comfy!
|The Sand Dune Cat|
I love the close up! Isn't he a cutie pie?
The zoo has a pair of these Sand Dune cats and are hoping to breed them, too. I keep thinking how sad the world would be without all these wonderful breeds of cats. I'm so glad there are people dedicated to preserving them.
There will be more on the Hogle Zoo cats in a later post. Stay tuned!