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Curious Cats

The Lesser Known Feline Cousins

While a few large felines steal the show, our planet is full of cats of all shapes and sizes. Many of these lesser known species are so elusive, they live in relative obscurity. There are tiny rusty-spotted cats in Sri Lanka, hilariously grumpy Pallas’ cats in remote Siberia, even the fishing cat that, defying cat logic 101, makes a life among wetlands.
 
It seems they really do rule the world. Here are a few favourites that Journeysmiths can arrange a quest for you to try and spot.
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White Tiger
The fiery orange Bengal tiger romps his way through picture books, but did you know he has a snow white brother? White tiger are far more rare; you will find them only in pockets of territory in India, in the Kaziranga National Park, Nilgiri Hills, and Bandhavgarh National Park.
White Tiger
White tiger, though few in number, are not difficult to spot on account of their poor camouflage. They tend to be larger than other kinds of tiger, and their stripes are like fingerprints.
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Mountain Lion
The mountain lion - or Andean puma - has no mane, and though in size it is classed as a big cat, its shape is not dissimilar to that of a domestic cat. You will find them across the Americas, particularly in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
Mountain Lion
Base yourself at Awasi Patagonia, which works with the scientists and researchers of the Awasi Puma Foundation to study puma in their protected biological corridor. There’s no better place to observe them than in their natural habitat.
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Caracal
If you are fortunate enough to have been on safari several times, your guide might well ask you what you hope to see. At Journeysmiths, our answer might be “caracal”: these mid-size wild cats are nocturnal and solitary, but they have the most beautiful faces and tufted ears.
Caracal
One of our favourite places to see these copper-colour felines is at Mosaic Private Sanctuary in South Africa, where they manage to record caracal sightings twice a week! It seems they have less competition from other predators.
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Ocelot
The ocelot is native to Latin America. Its fabulous striped and spotted fur once made it a favourite of hunters, but thankfully today population numbers are steady.
Ocelot
To see ocelot in the wild, Journeysmiths highly recommends Costa Rica. They thrive in forest habitats such as the Curu Wildlife Reserve and the Santa Rosa National Park. Your best chance to see one is on a dawn trek, though occasionally night sightings are also possible.
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