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Scottish Wildcat Podcast: Extras
Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
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Audio and Video
View Ari Daniel Shapiro's audio slideshow about the cultural legacy of the wildcat in the Scottish highlands.
Silvestris means “of the forest,” and the Scottish wildcat does favor woodlands among other habitats. It’s found where moorland meets the mountains, where it can prowl through pasture and scrub as well as forest. Learn more
DNA analysis from 2007 suggests that house cats trace their ancestry to a different subspecies of Felis sylvestris, F. sylvestris lybica, a wildcat still found in the deserts of Israel and the Middle East. Scientists think that cats may have domesticated themselves around 8000 BC, soon after the establishment of agriculture, preying on rodents around stored grain. Learn more.
Ecologists have long realized the value of “camera traps” for logging what species frequent a given territory. Increasingly, private citizens, scouts, and school groups are using “trail cameras” to monitor the vertebrate visitors to their own backyards. For an excellent introduction to camera trapping and many links, visit the Camera Trap Codger Blog.