Creating a feline character? You might want to decide on their habitat before picking a coat.
[...] cats living in dense habitats, in the trees, and active at low light levels, are the most likely to be patterned.
The researchers admitted that this rule did not explain the coat of cheetahs, who have evolved spots despite a preference for open plains.
The team discounted suggestions that coat patterns in big cats were linked to social hierarchy or gender, as they did not differ significantly between such individuals. Their paper, Why the leopard got its spots, was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
A recent Reuters story reports that biologists in Guatemala rely on Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men to attract jaguars for tracking and research purposes.
Use of the cologne stems from research done by The Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, where researchers tested the effect of numerous scents on cheetahs. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was discovered that out of 24 scents tested, Obsession for Men was the favorite, with Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps coming in second. Others fared much worse, such as Estée Lauder's Beautiful and Revlon's Charlie.
Christa Heidenreich and her veterinary surgeon husband Manfred have achieved with Bagheera and Bunjee something thought almost impossible -- breeding cheetahs in captivity at their first attempt.
Given two South African cubs seven years ago, the German couple retired to Spain with the hope of breeding them, despite being told they were likely to fail.
They chose Spain because it offered a climate where the cheetahs would feel at home and a place with enough land for them to enjoy hunting.
According to this article, cheetahs just go wild for the scent of Calvin Klein's perfume, Obsession.
Makes scents to me...
A military airbase near Kruger National Park in South Africa was plagued by local wildlife crossing their runways. Their inventive solution was, instead of building huge fences or deploying poisons, to hire two Cheetahs to patrol the base and scare off the larger animals. They've also got some Caracals to help drive off birds and smaller critters.