The Wild Cat Club

Is focussing on the protection of wild cat species not too narrow a viewpoint considering global challenges in nature conservation? - No, to the contrary:

Along with a handful other so called flagship species, the 37 wild living cat species hold a very special role in global biodiversity conservation. The decline of a carnivore generally alters the ecological balance of its biological community. Cats are linked through predation to herbivores, which are, in turn, linked to each other through competition and to plant communities by their foraging. Large cats, being at the pinnacle of the food chain, need considerable space, and are, therefore, key species in determining the area required to define an appropriate ecosystem. Successful conservation of wild living cats implies maintaining their natural habitat and prey species. At the same time, integration of local communities is a critical factor to achieve successful solutions. Protecting wild cats as flagship species guarantees a comprehensive approach with immediate and direct impact on many of the world's most threatened eco-systems.

The Wild Cat Club supports the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group to accomplish these important tasks.  Wild Cat Club Members in turn benefit from special privileges. Every year, the Cat Specialist Group will arrange an extraordinary trip to visit a current project. Besides gaining personal impressions of these projects, participants will experience truly unique encounters with wilderness and foreign cultures, including a touch of adventure.

Members of the Wild Cat Club – accompanied by a further guest of their personal choice – will be invited to the biannual Wild Cat Dinner. A special event during which the Cat Specialist Group and its Chair will present news and information on various projects in a relaxed atmosphere.

In addition, all Members will receive a complimentary copy of "Cat News", the information magazine published by the Cat Specialist Group in up to three yearly editions.

Learn more about our membership programs.

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