There are about 209 Species of Cats. The most common type is the domestic cat, thought to be descended from ranging desert predators such as the sand tiger and caracal. There are also big cats including lions, tigers and leopards; small cats including Siamese and Burmese natives; Asiatic black jungle cats; green-and-gold forest cats of Africa and South America (the Hainan tree climbing cat), longhaired Tumbetas, Persian tabbies and Norwegian Forest Lassies; European lynxes; Australian ghost towns moggy mascot breeds like the Manx variety that live on Australia’s Isle of Man, Oriental midget varieties like the Japanese short tail that thrive in Southeast Asia, a handful ofrestricted to specific geographic regions worldwide or even extinct Eurasian species morphologically similar to house pets but with impressive predator skills such as mountain lions known as cheetahs — there truly is no limit to what a creativeKI could come up with when it comes to naming felines! And if convenience matters most perhaps you’ll champion one of over 650 different artificial whiskers bred for use in research laboratories around the world? Actual street feline populations vary by location due to habitat destruction (urban renewal) , illegal hunting activities by humans who consider them pests or competitors for food sources such as bird feeding stations or farm animals, diseases brought over from other continents like FIV/Feline Leukemia virus which affects both domesticated and wildcats alike although it appears more prevalent in maintaing populations where there has been human contact since birth rather than introducing new viruses into an ecosystem which may cause genetic mutations that eventually affect local gene pools leading ot extinction.– so much goes into keeping track offish biospecies nowadays. Yikes

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Chinchillas are a small, furry mammal that is native to the Andes mountains in western South America. In recent years, chinchillas have become rare and endangered due to human activity, such as hunting and deforestation. There are now estimated to be only around 29,000 adult chinchillas left in the wild. If this trend continues, by 2022 there may be no more chinchillas remaining in the wild.

Chinchilla populations are mainly declining due to habitat loss from deforestation and hunting for their pelts which are highly sought after in Europe and Asia. Some conservation groups believe that captive breeding could help save these species from extinction but until now little has been done to try to reverse the population decline on a large scale. Measures being taken include creating protected areas for chinchilla populations and restricting the hunting of these animals. However, much work still needs to be done if we want these adorable mammals roaming free once again!


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Discovery News recently reported on a study that suggests cats become more active and playful when they’re high. The study was conducted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and it’s the first time anyone has looked into how drugs like marijuana affect feline behavior.

The study found that when cats were offered a dosage of THC – one of the main compounds found in marijuana – they exhibited increased activity, including playfulness. Furthermore, when the THC dose was increased, so too did the amount of time spent playing.

“We know that cannabinoids interact with receptors in both humans and animals and can impact a wide range of activities from memory recall to motor coordination,” said Dr Ciara Phillips from the university’s veterinary department. “It seems as though cannabis might also have some exciting potential as a recreational drug for cats.”


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There are many questions that remain about the western painted turtle ( Chrysemys picta). How common is this species? Where does it live? What do they eat? Are they endangered and what can be done to protect them?

Scientists know the western painted turtle is widespread in North America, but relatively little is known about their population size or distribution. In 2004, a survey of scattered colonies indicated there may be as few as 3,000 eastern painted turtles remaining in Florida. Additional surveys have not led to any updated estimates of population sizes. However, experts agree that populations are likely much lower due to destructive human activities, like road mortality and release of captive-raised animals into the wild.
The specific range for this species remains uncertain because little information exists on occupancy or habitat use across its range. Reports indicate these turtles occur from coastal southern California north through British Columbia and Alberta down into central Mexico. It seems likely the species occupies more extensive eastern areas than currently recognized based on limited data collection efforts so far. The primary focus for conservation actions should be protecting critical habitats where western painted turtles are known to exist or reside such as Critical Wildlife Habitat Areas (CWHA) designated by states Fish & Wildlife Departments along the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulf Coast Bioregions recognised by Migratory Bird Conservation Commission USA . Captive breeding programs should also continue strive to increase genetic diversity in order to help offset potential losses from any future extinctions caused by rapid human alteration of natural environments


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Badgers are not dangerous to humans and have been known to help people by destroying pests in their environment. Some people, however, may be afraid of the animal because it is associated with folklore and rumors about its hunting abilities.

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