Rusty-Spotted Cat

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The rusty-spotted cat is fully protected by CITES over most of its range as hunting and trade are prohibited in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, but domestic trade in Sri Lanka is uncontrolled.

The rusty-spotted cat population occurring in India is included into the Appendix I of CITES and the population of Sri Lanka and Nepal in Appendix II of CITES. It is fully protected over most of its range as hunting and trade are prohibited in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. However, domestic trade in Sri Lanka is uncontrolled.

The rusty-spotted cat occurs in the protected areas of Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, and, among others, Sariska and Ranthambore Tiger Reserves, the Gir Forest National Park, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in India, and the Bardia National Park in Nepal.

Sources: (Cat Specialist Group)
Image: Alma Leaper, Lead Photographer – The Big Cat Sanctuary

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