To study these nocturnal little felines, first you have to find them at night, in the vast desert. Team members drive a nightly route of up to 50 miles (80 km) along dirt roads at a speed under 18 mph (30 km) per hour while looking for the characteristic bright blue eye-shine of the cats.
The project’s old 4×4 truck urgently needs replacing. With nearly 400,000 km of looking for black-footed cats on the odometer, it is spending more time in the costly repair shop than on the road.
When this truck stops working, the project stops learning about the cats. A new vehicle would cost more than $40,000 US but with your help, we can keep the cats under focus for half that price! We’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to purchase a good quality used truck.
Canada has three wild cat species – Canada Lynx, Bobcat and Cougar. Read about their status in each province and see which cats you share your habitat with. Learn more.
This long-running field study is learning what these tiny cats need to survive in the deserts of South Africa, and we are proud to support this vital work. Learn how you can help.
Learn more about all wild cat species on our fact sheets. Newly updated (2013), they contain the most current information known on even the most mysterious small cats. Read more.