In this article we discuss the smallest cat in the Americas, the kodkod, of which little is known. We do our best to talk its habitats, diet and behaviours.
Also included is a discussion about the interdependent mutualisms between brazil nut trees, agouti and euglossine (or orchid) bees that maintain their ecosystem and why the study of smaller, lesser known species is important lest we ruin sensitive mutualisms like it without knowing.
A short Caturday Special about the wonderful and elegant-looking medium-sized African Wildcat, the Serval. Giving a rundown of what it is, what it eats, when it’s active, how it has babies and most importantly why breeding them with domestic cats to make savannah cats is a bad idea.
One of the most beautiful and majestic creatures on planet Earth, the snow leopard, Panthera uncia, gets a brief. Find out how floofy they are, why their tails are amazing, a potentially sad theory why they bite them and why threats they face into the future.
Roughly translating to ‘before cat’ (even though it’s first cat) and ‘fake cat’ (even though its real cat) respectively, Proailurus and Pseudaelurus are the ancestral genera of all cats. Do you remember the lesson from last time? Genera is the plural of genus and is the classification of living things, the group above, in sequence,Continue reading “Caturday Special The Origin Story: Proailurus and Pseudaelurus”
Right, we’ll start with the controversy shall we? Because that is how We Lack Discipline does things. Domestic cats are responsible for a significant reduction in numbers of hedge birds, small rodents and other, various, ecological damages in every habitat in which they are present. The irresponsible keeping, especially with feral populations, of cats isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #1 – The Domestic Cat, Felis catus”
One of my proudest moments in academia, if not my proudest moment, you know not having graduated or won a Nobel Prize or anything, was in ‘Scientific Communications’ class when I gave a presentation about the cheetah. Now let me explain a few things. For one thing, I’m autistic. Standing under bright lights talking toContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #2 – Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus.”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains images of animal cruelty “Tiger, tiger burning bright…” etc. I’ve got tiger stories up the wazoo, man. I did a pub quiz once where I argued for an extra half point because the question was ‘what is the largest cat in the world?’ and everyone said tiger, but I said, quite rightfully,Continue reading “Top Ten Cats #3 – Tiger, Panthera tigris”
Not strictly speaking a species, Smilodon is a genus in the Machairodontinae family – essentially the sabre-toothed cats, in taxonomic identification we would indicate multiple species with an ‘sp.‘ after the genus, like in the title. Again another throwback from my undergraduate days but there’s a perception of sabre-toothed cats, particularly since they allegedly hadContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #4 – Smilodon sp.”