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Lithe and graceful, mysterious and independent, cats have been both worshipped and feared by humans. Here they all are, from large, ferocious lions and tigers to the smaller but still fierce bobcats and servals. Dozens of full-color, close-up pictures reveal a variety of moods as well as the details of wildcat physiology. A panther opens its mouth wide, showing its long, sharp incisors. The pupils of a fishing cat become round and wide in response to light. A serval shuts its eyes for a napbut its sensitive ears remain alert in case of danger. And take a good look at a Geoffroy's cat's whiskers, which play an important sensory role. You'll see every stripe on the tiger and spot on the cheetah. A wealth of facts tell about hunting techniques, methods of communication, reproduction, the care and development of the cubs, evolution and distribution, and what efforts are being made to save these beautiful animals from extinction. 192 pages (102 in color), 53 b/w illus., 6 X 9 1/4.