Wild Cats of the World

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Wild Cats of the World

About the Author:

Luke Hunter is the President and Chief Conservation Officer of Panthera, the global wild conservation organization that he helped to create in 2006. His current projects include the longest running ecological studies on African leopards, reducing human-lion conflict in Africa, and working with the Iranian Department of Environment to conserve Asiatic cheetahs and Persian leopards. He has contributed to over 140 scientific papers and popular articles. Wild Cats of the World is his seventh book. 

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From the rabbit-sized Black-footed Cat of southern Africa to bear-killing Amur tigers of the Russian Far East, the 38 members of the Cat Family include some of the world's most fascinating and magnificent species on earth. Supremely adapted for the kill, all cats are obligate carnivores; they survive only by preying upon other animals, and they have become one of evolution's most successful predatory lineages of mammals.


Wild Cats of the World explores the spectacular Cat Family in unprecedented depth. Drawing on thousands of scientific papers and direct observations in the field, each species is profiled at length, covering all aspects of felid behavior and ecology. The book is profusely illustrated with color plates, black-and-white sketches showing important aspects of cat life and accurate images of every species' skull. Over 400 spectacular photographs are included, many of them showing extremely rare cats published here for the first time. Each profile includes an up-to-date range map and explains the most current science on how cats are classified and related to each other, including some very recent, surprising discoveries.


Despite their great evolutionary success, the challenges facing felids in the modern world are profound. Only one, the ubiquitous domestic cat, does not require dedicated conservation action to ensure survival for the next century. The book also explores the current conservation issues facing wild cats, the increasingly perilous status of many species and how they can be saved.

  • Hardcover 
  • 8 2/3" x 9/10" x 10 1/5" 
  • 240 pages
  • Bloomsbury USA, 2015
  • ISBN-10 1472912195
  • ISBN-13 978-1472912190


Editorial Reviews

"This is a must-have cat book: an absolute gem." - Stephen Mills, BBC Wildlife magazine

"This is a true encyclopedia of wild cats, and a stunning accomplishment by Dr. Hunter.” - National Parks Traveler

"Thirty-six feline species, many of them rare, are described and illustrated in this attractive large-format book." - Booklist

"Cat enthusiasts--and anyone who appreciates wildlife and the wonders of evolution--will be enchanted by a comprehensive new book that shares the secrets of the felids." - National Geographic Cat Watch

"A well-illustrated overview of the World's felids." - The Birdbooker Report

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