Highly endangered cat species spotted in Corbett
New Delhi: A highly endangered cat species - the rusty spotted cat - has been spotted by a team of wildlife experts in the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, an official statment said Friday.
The rare, elusive cat was photographed by the experts of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) at a camera trap station on the road near the well-known Morghati forest rest house within the reserve on July 28 and again Aug 3, 2011, the environment ministry said in a statement Friday.
The rusty spotted cat is a highly endangered cat species, which has been accorded the highest statutory protection under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, besides under the Appendix I of the CITES - an international treaty to protect wildlife.
"The species is little smaller than the domestic cat with a rufescent or fawn grey coat. It is targeted by professional track hunters for its valuable fur," the statement said.
This cat is found in India and Sri Lanka, and has been reported mainly in the Western Ghats, besides in some pockets of Jammu and central India.
During the 2010 country level estimation of tigers and co-predators, the cat`s presence has also been reported in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Soldier buried under Siachen avalanche snow rescued after six days
- DNA: Analysis on India's naval prowess at International Fleet Review
- Essel Group launches 'Asha 2022' affordable housing scheme
- Soldier buried under avalanche found alive at Siachen glacier
- PM Modi praises Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, deems mission successful
- 'Achhe din': Residents of PM Modi's adopted village to get free electricity, work in full swing
- Siachen survivor Lance Naik Hanumanthappa brought to Delhi, Army chief Dabir Singh visits RR hospital
- Deepika Padukone, Vin Diesel in first ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ video – Watch
- How Lance Naik Hanumanthappa survived 6 days below 25 feet of snow in Siachen
- Siachen miracle: Lance Naik Koppad's wife terms her husband's 'news of being alive' as 'rebirth for family'