Family Felidae

  • Jacobus du P. Bothma
Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)


Many cat species occupy diverse habitats. The same species sometimes ranges from deserts to tropical forests. This requires great adaptability, a characteristic of all cats. All felids rely on their physical environment for successful prey-use, which is a major facet of survival (Kruuk 1986). They are also more strictly carnivorous than other carnivores, and markedly more so than canids (Kleiman and Eisenberg 1973).


Spotted Hyaena African Lion Rock Hyrax Mountain Zebra Asiatic Lion 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacobus du P. Bothma
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  1. 1.Centre for Wildlife ManagementUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaRepublic of South Africa

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