The first cats appeared about 25 million years ago. That's when the sabertooth tiger was around. Today only two subfamilies of cats exist. The subfamily Pantherine includes the tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard, snow leopard, and clouded leopard. The subfamily Felinae includes all non-patherine cats including the domestic cat.
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Big cats are often killed by humans because they are accused of killing livestock. Are the big cats really guilty of this? Can we develop better methods to keep big cats away from livestock?
Microbiome of cats
What does the microbiome of big cats tell us about where they are going and what they are eating? Can we use the microbiome to test their stress levels?
How can we prevent poaching? How can we catch poachers? How can we disincentivize poaching?
Where do house cats go?
Many pet owners suspect that their cats have a second home. How can we track where our pets go during the day? What do they eat? Who are their new friends? Do they use green spaces? If they use green spaces are they killing native species? If they're killing native species how can we protect the biodiversity in the area?
How can we support feral cat communities that live in cities. If the data shows that feral cat communities are harming the ecosystem what are the most effective methods for neutering these cats and returning them to their communities? If the feral cat population is supporting the current ecosystem and native species, how can we keep them around?
How can we monitor the populations of big cats in the wild? How can we track them non-invasively?
These are just a few topics we're interested in. Submissions are open to projects outside of these topic areas. If you are unsure if your project is a good fit get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All projects related to cats are eligible.