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In general, large members of the cat family appear more frequently in the news, and are more often a subject of discussion. Many do not know that these large cats (lion, tiger) are more the exception than the rule. The cat family has more small members than large ones.
Small cats are all over the world. They vary in size, from the 2.5-kg rusty-spotted cat and African black-footed cat to the approximately 30-kg adult Eurasian lynx. Some species are nocturnal, and some live primarily in trees. All of these wild, small cats are, however, rare, and they lead a secretive life. The species make difficult research subjects.
The author and illustrator are experts on small wild cats. The makers of this book provide information on the biology, behaviour and conservation of these animal species, and also get wrapped up in the role the small cats play, and have played, in religion, literature and mythology.
Small wild cats – the animal answer guide
James G. Sanderson (text) and Patrick Watson (illustrations)
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (2011)