Sunday, 21 May 2017

NEWSLINK: Lions, Clouded Leopards Face Same Threats As Extinct Ice Age Relatives, Study Shows

The lion and the Sunda clouded leopard are facing the same threats that led to the extinction of several big cats during the Ice Age, researchers say.

These two big cats are most at risk from extinction because of a lack of food, according to a new study published in the journal Ecography.

The study, conducted by scientists in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and the United States, first analyzed whether the loss of prey was a cause of extinction in seven big cats, including four types of saber-toothed cats, the cave and American lions as well as the American cheetah. The research team discovered that if these animals were alive today, a majority of their preferred prey would be gone.


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