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The wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) ancestor of today’s beloved house pet was not the only species of felid to adapt to human society and be domesticated, according to research published in the science journal PLOS ONE. In China a different species, the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), adapted independently to living with humans.
With a population density of 17,000 people per square mile, Hong Kong knows it needs to find new ways to feed everyone. The ancient fishing village of Kat O is finding new ways to help.
In the first full research report of its kind, the trophy hunting industry in South Africa has been exposed as the main source of Asia’s rapidly expanding lion bone trade. The implications are that thousands of lions are being raised in South Africa to shot in cages, stoking a market for lion bone medicine that ultimately threatens the last 2,300 wild lions in the country.