The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids

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The editors utilize their 50 years of combined experience in professional engagement with the behaviour and ecology of wild felids to draw together a unique network of the world's most respected and knowledgeable experts. For the first time, this inter-disciplinary research programme is brought together within a single volume.

Beginning with a complete account of all 36 felid species, there follow 8 comprehensive review chapters that span all the topics most relevant to felid conservation science, including evolution and systematics, felid form and function, genetic applications, behavioural ecology, management of species that come into conflict with people and control of international trade in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ management, and felid diseases. 19 detailed case studies then delve deeply into syntheses of the very best species investigations worldwide, written by all the leading figures in the field. These chapters portray the unique attributes of the wild felids, describe their fascinating (and conflicting) relationship with humans, and create an unparalleled platform for future research and conservation measures. A final chapter analyses the requirements of, and inter-disciplinary approaches to, practical conservation with cutting-edge examples of conservation science and action that go far beyond the cat family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199234455
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/22/2010
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macdonald is Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University and is also the Senior Research Fellow in Wildlife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is also Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Oxford.

Andrew Loveridge is a career wildlife biologist and conservationist. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group and African Lion Working Group.

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Table of Contents


List of contributors

Part I Reviews

1 Dramatis personae: an introduction to the wild felids Kristin Nowell Nowell, Kristin 3

2 Phylogeny and evolution of cats (Felidae) Stephen J. O'Brien O'Brien, Stephen J. 59

3 Felid form and function Nobuyuki Yamaguchi Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki 83

4 Genetic applications in wild felids Goran Spong Spong, Goran 107

5 Felid society John L. Gittleman Gittleman, John L. 125

6 People and wild felids: conservation of cats and management of conflicts John Seldensticker Seldensticker, John 161

7 Many ways of skinning a cat: tools and techniques for studying wild felids Eric Sanderson Sanderson, Eric 197

8 Felids ex situ: managed programmes, research, and species recovery Astrid Vargas Vargas, Astrid 217

9 Wild felid diseases: conservation implications and management strategies Franck Courchamp Courchamp, Franck 237

Part II Case Studies

10 Ecology of infectious diseases in Serengeti lions Meggan E. Craft Craft, Meggan E. 263

11 African lions on the edge: reserve boundaries as √°attractive sinks' David W. MacDonald MacDonald, David W. 283

12 Tiger range collapse and recovery at the base of the Himalayas Eric Wikramanayake Wikramanayake, Eric 305

13 Amur tiger: a case study of living on the edge Howard B. Quigley Quigley, Howard B. 325

14 An adaptive management approach to trophy hunting of leopards (Panthera pardus): a case study from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Rob Slotow Slotow, Rob 341

15 Cheetahs and ranchers in Namibia: a case study David W. MacDonald MacDonald, David W. 353

16 Past, present, and future of cheetahs in Tanzania: their behavioural ecology and conservation Nathalie Pettoreill Pettoreill, Nathalie 373

17 Jaguars, livestock, and people in Brazil: realities and perceptions behind the conflict David W. MacDonald MacDonald, David W. 383

18 The ecology of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize C. Patrick Doncaster Doncaster, C. Patrick 403

19 Snow leopards: conflict and conservation Som B. Ale Ale, Som B. 417

20 Pumas and people: lessons in the landscape of tolerance from a widely distributed felid David W. MacDonald MacDonald, David W. 431

21 Long-term research on the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi): historical findings and future obstacles to population persistence Melody Roelke Roelke, Melody 453

22 Reversing cryptic extinction: the history, present, and future of the Scottish wildcat Carios Driscoll Driscoll, Carios 471

23 The changing impact of predation as a source of conflict between hunters and reintroduced lynx in Switzerland Christine Breitenmoser-Wursten Breitenmoser-Wursten, Christine 493

24 lberian lynx: the uncertain future of a critically endangered cat Miguel Delibes Delibes, Miguel 507

25 Cyclical dynamics and behaviour of Canada lynx in northern Canada Charles J. Krebs Krebs, Charles J. 521

26 Black-footed cats (Felis nigripes) and African wildcats (Felis silvestris): a comparison of two small felids from South African arid lands M. Gus L. Mills Mills, M. Gus L. 537

27 Ocelot ecology and its effect on the small-felid guild in the lowland neotropics Melvin Sunquist Sunquist, Melvin 559

28 Highland cats: ecology and conservation of the rare and elusive Andean cat Claudio Sillero-Zubiri Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio 581

Part III A Conservation Perspective

29 Felid futures: crossing disciplines, borders, and generations Alan Rabinowitz Rabinowitz, Alan 599

References 651

Index 739

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