Scottish wildcat news update


This video is about wildcats in Scotland.

From Wildlife Extra:

Scottish wildcat benefits from six new protection sites

Six sites in Scotland have been identified by Scottish Natural Heritage as key areas for Scottish wildcats following research into the endangered cat species.

The sites; Angus Glens, northern Strathspey, Morvern, Strathavon, Strathbogie (around Huntly) and Strathpeffer, have been designated as potential wildcat strongholds woth preserving after evidence of cats showing strong wildcat features were found.

“The survey findings support that there are wild-living cats displaying many of the typical wildcat features in these areas,” said Dr Rob Ogden, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland‘s Head of Science. “Although some of the best examples caught on camera were not tested for their DNA, some of the cats tested had a high proportion of wildcat genetic markers. Hence a pragmatic view is that our wildcats remain distinctive and are worthy of protection.

The main threat to the Scottish wildcat is hybridising with domestic cats and therefore the next stage is to reduce the risk of further hybridisation in these six important areas by:

• Co-ordinating an ambitious trap, neuter and release (TNR) programme to neuter all feral and hybrids.

• Encouraging cat owners to neuter and vaccinate cats; micro-chipping will also help to make pet cats easily identifiable.

SNH and its partners in The Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan will also be working with gamekeepers, farmers and foresters to reduce the risks to wildcats from predator control; and monitoring populations to see the benefits of this work.

Jenny Bryce, SNH’s wildlife ecologist, said: “These priority areas give us real opportunity to halt the decline of the Scottish wildcat and preserve its distinctive identity.

The Action Plan partners take a pragmatic view – there are good examples of wildcats out there, displaying many of the characteristics of this species. And this is very much the focus of the new Wildcat Action project.

“We have been encouraged by the number and the quality of wildcats that have been observed, given the relatively short duration of the surveys. We think this is indicative of populations persisting more widely.

“But the threats are ever-present and we need to act now to preserve animals that are distinctive as Scottish wildcats. And with the help of people in these communities we aim to do just that.”

This news follows the creation of a Scottish wildcat sanctuary on the west coast of Scotland in July 2014.

Eurasian lynx video


This is a French video about the Eurasian lynx; with English subtitles.

Lions, new film


This video is called Lion Ark – Official Trailer.

From Wildlife Extra:

ADI’s award-winning film Lion Ark goes global

The award-winning documentary Lion Ark is to be distributed worldwide thanks to a deal the charity Animal Defenders International (ADI) brokered with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).

The deal was signed ahead of Lion Ark’s theatrical release in cinemas across the UK in November.

Lion Ark follows a team from ADI as they rescued 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia after the country’s government banned wild animal acts. The government’s decision was the direct result of ADI’s two-year undercover investigation into circuses across South America.

The film shows the team journeying across a vast, hostile terrain to track down the circuses defying the new law in order to save the animals from a lifetime of cruelty. It reaches a joyous finale as 25 lions are airlifted in ADI’s Operation Lion Ark flight to freedom in Colorado.

“We wanted to make a film that would entertain and inspire, but also have audiences laughing out loud, cheering for the lions, and leave them smiling,” said Tim Phillips, the director of Lion Ark.

“Lion Ark has received a fantastic response at film festivals, with standing ovations and sell out screenings, so we are really excited to be taking it to a wider audience with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.”

“Lion Ark tells an incredible story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination as a team of people fight an immense battle to save these beautiful creatures from horrific cruelty and abuse,” said Ronan Hand, Head of Factual and Entertainment Acquisitions for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“The film has already been garlanded with international awards and we expect it will attract a great deal of interest from buyers worldwide looking for the best nature programming at MIPCOM.”

Th UK screenings are listed below;

Tues 11 Nov, 6pm – Chapter, Cardiff
Sat 15 Nov, 11.40am – Glasgow Film Theatre
Mon 17 Nov, 8pm – Plaza Community Centre, Liverpool
Tues 25 Nov, 6.30pm – The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Mon 1 Dec, 8pm – The Electric Theatre, Guildford
Tues 9 Dec, 8.30pm – Colchester Arts Centre
Mon 15 Dec, 8pm – Whirled, Brixton

Book tickets here

ADI are now currently rescuing lions from circuses in Peru. Read more HERE

Read a field guide to lions, which includes details on their habitat, diet and threats, HERE

For more information on Lion Ark click HERE

African lions are headed toward extinction and may be wiped out soon, according to an analysis from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service that on Monday proposed categorizing them as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act: here.

Roe deer meets cat, video


This is a video about a roe deer meeting a cat in the Netherlands.

Walter de Bloudts made the video.

Mexican cloud forest reserve gets bigger


This video from Mexico says about itself:

Roberto Pedraza, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda

World Land Trust (WLT) partner organisations give an insight into the conservation work they carry out to protect some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth.

From Wildlife Extra:

Chilean cloud forest reserve extended

A reserve in Sierra Gorda in Chile has been extended by 103 acres thanks to funding from the Buy an Acre fund of World Land Trust (WLT).

I think there is a mistake in the Wildlife Extra text here. The cloud forest reserve is in Mexico, not in Chile.

The purchased area of cloud forest lies on the southern border of the Cerro Prieto-Cerro la Luz, a reserve which is owned and managed by WLT’s conservation partner in Mexico, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).

The extension will help protect a wide range of species including big cats such as pumas and jaguars, as well as amphibians such as tree frogs.

The purchase also means previous plans to build a road across the property cannot now go ahead, which helps protect the area from loggers.

Roberto Pedraza, GESG’s Technical Officer, explains: “With this new purchase we can completely block that road and without that road the loggers can’t take the timber out from our area.”

Prior to the purchase timber was being extracted and loggers were making roof shingles out of old growth cedars. That activity has now stopped thanks to the presence of GESG rangers.