Pattaya City, Thailand
Dazed And Confused
Photograph - Digital Photograph
These lovely little kittens are Leopard Cats, sisters born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi Province, Thailand.
Unlike most of the animals I photograph, Leopard Cats are thankfully listed as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Conservation Status list. One of the reasons why Leopard Cat populations in the wild are still relatively successful is that, being a small cat, they have been able to adapt well to changes in their environment. For example, in parts of Sabah (northernmost province of Malaysian Borneo) where huge tracts of primary rainforest have been cleared to make way for lucrative palm oil plantations, Leopard Cats thrive living off the growing numbers of small prey that are easily found including rodents and other small mammals.
The Leopard Cat is found throughout many South and East Asian counties. Some Leopard Cats have been bred with domestic cats to produce a hybrid domestic breed know as the Bengal Cat, a name derived from Leopard Cat's Latin name, Panthera bengalensis, rather than the more distantly related Bengal Tiger.
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May 8th, 2013
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