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The Bay cat, or Bornean Red Cat (Pardofelis badia).

A small, very rare cat, the bay cat has a slender body with an exceptionally long tail and a round head with small rounded ears. Its coat is reddish-brown (chestnut) with a pale undersides and significantly darker ears. There are faint spots on its undersides and limbs and suggestions of lines in its face.

The bay cat may be found only in rocky and scrub areas of the island of Borneo, where it hunts by night, from the ground, and seeks small rodents and birds. 

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The Kodkod (Leopardus guigna), alternatively spelled Codcod and also known as the Guiña, is the smallest cat in the Americas. It is found only in central and southern Chile and adjacent parts of southwestern Argentina. It is strongly associated with mixed temperate rainforests. Little is known about this species, because it is extremely rare and very elusive.

(We apologize for the picture quality of this beautiful cat, as it is an elusive and rare species, getting photographic evidence must be difficult.) 

black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. In Latin America, wild ‘black panthers’ may be black jaguars (Panthera onca); in Asia and Africa, black leopards (Panthera pardus); in Asia, possibly the very rare black tigers(Panthera tigris); and in North America they may be black jaguars or possibly black cougars (Puma concolor – although this has not been proven to have a black variant), or smaller cats.

Captive black panthers may be black jaguars, or more commonly black leopards

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The Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) or Canadian Lynx is a North American mammal of the cat family, Felidae.  However, in some characteristics the Canada Lynx is more like the Bobcat (Lynx rufus) than the Eurasian Lynx.

With a dense silvery-brown coat, ruffed face and tufted ears, the Canada Lynx resembles the other species of the mid-sized Lynx genus. It is larger than the bobcat, with which it shares parts of its range, and over twice the size of the domestic cat.

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Pallas’s Cat (Otocolobus manul or Felis manul), also called Manul, is a small wild cat named after German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776. In 2002, the IUCN classified Pallas’s cat as near threatened because of the broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting.

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The tiger (Panthera tigris), a member of the Felidae family, is the largest of the four “big cats” in the genus Panthera. The tiger is native to much of eastern and southern Asia, and is an apex predator and an obligate carnivore. The larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids, reaching up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) in total length, weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), and having canines up to 4 inches (100 mm) long. Aside from their great bulk and power, their most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes that overlays near-white to reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts. The most numerous tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger, while the largest is the Siberian tiger.

Tigers have a lifespan of 10–15 years in the wild, but can live longer than 20 years in captivity. They are highly adaptable and range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps.

They are territorial and generally solitary animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey demands. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. Three of the nine subspecies of modern tiger have gone extinct, and the remaining six are classified as endangered, some critically so. The primary direct causes are habitat destruction, fragmentation, and hunting.

Historically, tigers have existed from Mesopotamia and the Caucasus throughout most of South and East Asia. Today, the range of the species is radically reduced. All surviving species are under formal protection, yet poaching, habitat destruction, and inbreeding depression continue to threaten the tigers.

Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world's charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancientmythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. Tigers appear on many flags and coats of arms, asmascots for sporting teams, and as the national animal of several Asian nations, including India.

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The caracal (Caracal caracal, pronounced /ˈkærəkæl/) is a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat ranging over Western Asia, South Asia and Africa.

The word caracal comes from the Turkish word “karakulak”, meaning “black ear”.  In North India and Pakistan, the caracal is locally known as syahgosh (स्याहगोष/سیاه گوش) or shyahgosh, which is a Persian term meaning black ears.  In Afrikaans it is called Rooikat, “red cat”.

Although it has traditionally had the alternative names Persian LynxEgyptian Lynx and African Lynx, it is no longer considered to be an actual lynx. Instead, it is now believed to be closely related to the African golden cat and the serval. The caracal is classified as a small cat, yet is amongst the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the quickest, being nearly as fast as the serval.

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The African Golden Cat (Profelis aurata) is a medium-sized wild cat distributed over the rainforests of West and Central Africa. It is about 80 centimetres (31 in) long, and has a tail of about 30 centimetres (12 in) in length. It is a close relative of both the Caracal and the Serval, but current classification places it as the only member of the genus Profelis.