The Bengal cat is a hybrid, descendant from crosses with Asian Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis or Felis bengalensis) and domestic cat (Felis catus). The wild Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) is widely distributed in eastern Asia. However, populations from Bangladesh, India and Thailand are listed in Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The populations in other countries are listed in Appendix II. One of the most beautiful small wild cat, the Asian Leopard Cat is a tiny spotted feline, weighing about 10 - 12 pounds, extremely wild and untamable. There are differents sub-species that are found in Southern Asia`s forests; from India through China, Korea and also, on small islands such as Taiwan,Philippines, Borneo, Java, Bali and Sumatra. The base coat as seen on the feet and face varies in color according their different geological areas of origin. Most of them have different shades of tan to orange, blending to white underside. Leopard cats tend to be yellowish-brown in the tropics and greyish-brown in the northern parts of their range.
The leopard cat’s pelt is dotted with dark spots which sometimes are solid, sometimes rosettes. The tail is banded with black rings toward the tip. As they have magnificent furs, frequently they are prey of fur trappers and the illicit trade. These spectacular little felines are shy and nocturnal. Their diet include young ungulates, hares, birds, reptiles, insects, eels and fish, as well as occasionally venturing into farm yards to prey on domestic chicks, such as raccoons do. These wild cats are solitary in their habits and have an unusual fondness for playing in water and climbing the treetops. Breeding season is reported to take place once annually in the north of its range ,but in the tropics, year-round.The gestation period is about 67 / 70 days and the litter size is usually 2-3 cubs. Longevity is up to 15 years.
Kabuki of Millwood ALC
Several ALCs were used over the years for breeders world wide, including Centerwall, Kabuki of Millwood, Taro of Bundas, Abu of O'BobTor, Leopole of New Horizons, Rajah Singh, Phanton, Baghara Khan and others. A lot of Bengal's today trace their ancestry back to one of these ALC's. In our day, other different Leopard cats are being used in several breeding programs.
As we are wildlife conservative and preservative breeders, we think that preserving and protecting the wild species are responsabilities for all of us, because the extinction is forever !!!
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