We often share stories from ZooBorns here on ModCatLove, so we were thrilled to receive a copy of the new ZooBorns Cats! book from Simon & Schuster, which came out on November 1st.
I have to be honest—up until the past year or so, I had no idea there were so many different species of cats out there. In the time that I’ve been blogging and connecting with other cat lovers, I’ve learned about so many wonderful species of cats—the sand cat, clouded leopards, the African black-footed cat, and one of my favorites, Pallas’s cat . Well, did you know that there are, according to the book, thirty-six different types of wild cat?
Although ZooBorns Cats! does of course feature well-known wild cats like lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and lynxes, it teaches us about so many other lesser known species of cats, and there are some I’d never heard of, like the mysterious Guiña (also known as Huiña or Kodkod), the frog-eating(!) Iriomote cat, and the big-eyed oncilla.
In addition to showcasing some of the cutest pictures you’ve ever seen, ZooBorn Cats! is also extremely informative. Each species of cat comes with a tidbit of information, such as its lifestyle, where it is found, and whether it is endangered or not. Most of the cats are named, as well, and their birth dates and birth locations are also provided.
I live outside of Nashville, so I was pleasantly surprised to see not one but two cats from the Nashville Zoo featured in the book. This here is Matsi, who was born at the Nashville Zoo in June 2010. I wonder how big she is now? The other Nashvillian kitty is Blitz the Eurasian Lynx, who was born during the May floods last year! According to the book, Blitz is part of an outreach and educational program called “Wildlife on Wheels.” I am hoping to go on my first trip to the Nashville Zoo soon, so I hope I’m able to catch a glimpse of these two celebrities!
Just look at all those precious little baby wild cats! You know you can’t resist them! This is a great little book to have and would make a terrific present. Not only is it adorable and educational, but also 10% of the proceeds from the sale of every book is donated to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund.
Buy ZooBorns Cats! now, available at Amazon!