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Wild Cats

 

WILD CAT PHOTOS

TUNDRA, Siberian lynx

Tundra, a female Siberian Lynx was placed at our Center from a family when they found out that it was illegal to own exotic cats in their state. Owning exotic animals is illegal in many states. Exotic cats form strong bonds to their owners, making them difficult to transfer from owner to owner. We were fortunate to receive Tundra while she was still young enough to build a bond with her handlers. She is very large for her species, she weighs 70 pounds!

Born: 3/30/2002,   Arrived: 8/26/2002

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bobcat WHISPERBobcat

Whisper, an adult female Bobcat is a confiscated pet from Southern California, and is an excellent example of the growing trade of exotic and wild animals. Before arriving at Hawk Creek, someone had cut her canines. All of her canines had to be surgically removed after a severe infection set in. Unfortunately in the exotic pet trade, some animal dealers will cut the canines to reduce bite damage.

Born: 4/15/1998,    Arrived: 7/12/1998

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Tracker, Eurasian Lynx

Tracker is a male Eurasian Lynx that was born at Hawk Creek as part of our wild cat conservation program. Tracker is a wonderful ambassador and enjoys traveling to meet new people to educate them about the importance of conserving apex predators—especially the often overlooked smaller species of wild cats. He is a reminder that conservation works— Eurasian Lynx were an endangered species with as few as 700 cats left in the wild between 1930-1950. Thanks to conservation work the population has increased 10 fold. Now this cat is often used as an ambassador to protect their still endangered cousins!  

Born at Hawk Creek: May 9, 2017

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caracal - KhanKHANCaracal

This captive-bred male caracal’s parents were rescued when they were kittens in South Africa. Though endangered in parts of their range, they are treated as vermin in South Africa, so Khan’s parents could not be released back into the wild. Instead, they were shipped to a breeder in the US to promote education about this rare and magnificent species.

Born: 6/26/2008, Arrived: 8/29/2008

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African servalJOURNEYAfrican Serval

This female African Serval was living in Long Island, New York with her brother, Phoenix, until their owner’s divorce made it impossible to keep the servals. She placed her beloved pets with us after they had lived in her care for several years. The large ears and long legs of these animals make them adept rodent hunters in their habitat of the grasslands in Africa.

Born: 7/1/1999, Arrived: 2/8/2003

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African servalPHOENIXAfrican Serval

This male African Serval was living in Long Island, New York, with his sister, Journey, until their owner’s divorce made it impossible to keep the servals. She placed her beloved pets with us after they had lived in her care for several years. Though legally protected, wild serval populations continue to decline due to poaching for their meat and pelts. 

Born: 7/1/1999
Arrived: 2/8/2003

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African servalMEISHAAfrican Serval

Meisha, a female serval, was once an exotic pet. Due to personal circumstances, Meisha’s owner could no longer care for her properly, so he sought out a qualified home for his beloved companion. She loves to play and is quite active for an older wildcat. Although no longer legal in New York, the serval was once one of the more common exotic cat species kept as a pet.

Born: 5/10/2000, Arrived: 12/2/2014

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River, Fishing Cat

River is a captive bred Fishing Cat that was sent to Hawk Creek to join our small wild cat conservation programs and to become an ambassador for her endangered species. River has a lot of personality packed into a small package! Unlike many cats, she adores water and plays in it all the time, jumping, diving, splashing and chasing her toys around in it. She especially loves to put her face under the water to reach things that sink!

Born: 7/29/16                Arrived: 9/20/16

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KODIAKCanada Lynx

Kodiak, a male Canada Lynx, came to Hawk Creek to be an ambassador for his vanishing family. As an endangered species, the Canada Lynx is quickly losing its paw hold on survival. Worldwide wildcat populations are in sharp decline and captive breeding, education on how humans and cats can live harmoniously and protection of wildcat habitat are the key to future survival of these magnificent predators.

Born: 5/04/2011    Arrived:  7/10/2011

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KREECanada Lynx

Kree, a female Canada Lynx, came to Hawk Creek to join our male, Kodiak. The two wildcats have become fast friends and together they will help ensure the survival of their species for future generations. Kree and Kodiak are founders of our future captive breeding program for this endangered and elusive wildcat. Don’t worry – if you stop by to visit during an event they won’t be shy!

Born: 5/25/2013     Arrived: 6/24/2013

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MESAGeoffroy’s Cat

Mesa, a captive-bred female Geoffroy’s Cat,  came to Hawk Creek to become an ambassador for disappearing small wildcats. Of the 37 species of wildcats in the world, most of them are small felids that are little known and rarely studied. Mesa’s playful personality and antics help us to inspire people and educate them about the dire need for small wildcat research and conservation.

Born:3/30/14     Arrived:6/22/14

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