Name: (5 points)
Heather Powell
Leopard Cat
Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis
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Description: (10 points)
What category is the species: mammal
Physical Description:The leopard cat is as large as a domestic cat and the coloring of the fur can be yellow or gray.
The size and color vary from region to region. These cats also have black spots on their fur.
The underparts are white and there are rings on the tail that continue to the tip.

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Breeding: In may, one to four kittens are usually born by a live birth. Sexual maturity is reached at around 18 months.
Foods: Leopard cats will eat hares, rodents, reptiles, and insects. They attack prey in the water and poultry.

Habitat: (10 points)
Location: The leopard cat is widely spread. This cat is mostly in Asia.
Range: From North Korea to the Amur basin and

all through Pakistan to northern India. This cat is even found in parts of Japan! In Southeast Asia.
Where do they live/nest? They live in subpolar coniferous forests and tropical rainforests.
They can be found in high heights because of their ability to climb.
Migration: no information was found on migration, so it is assumed that they do not migrate.
Above or below ground? Do they hibernate? Above ground, no information was found on hibernation, so it is assumed that they do not migrate.
Predators or interspecies relationships? Predators.


Problems: (10 points)
The leopard cat is endangered because fur trading has become popular in the smaller cat furs. Hunting has increased in its range.

Solutions: (10 points)
Leopard cat harvesting has been stopped and a mixed population is put into zoo's. They are also highly regulated. Because of this they are not supported by North America.

References: (5 points)


Indian Tiger, http://www.indiantiger.org/wild-cats/leopard-cat.html
Big Cat Rescue, http://www.bigcatrescue.org/cats/wild/leopard_cat.htm