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Mother rusty-spotted cats are not known to translocate their young or bring food to them, but males have been observed in zoos protecting the kittens and bringing them meat.

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Rusty-spotted cats mainly inhabit dry deciduous forests and prefer dense vegetation and rocky areas, but also reside in semi-arid and tropical climates, such as mixed, moist, tropical thorn, and scrub forests.

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For the first 100 days of development, male rusty-spotted cats are smaller than females, but afterwards have a greater average body weight.

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There is little information available of the rusty-spotted cat and the lack of knowledge about its status and distribution may hinder its effective conservation.

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Female rusty-spotted cats prefer to give birth in low-level areas such as within hollow trees or under rock cliffs.

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Rusty-spotted cats are “Near Threatened” as less than 10,000 are estimated to remain with no subpopulations with more than 1,000 breeding individuals.

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Although the rusty-spotted cat doesn’t fare well in captivity and only a few are held in zoos, observations from the West Berlin Zoo and Frankfurt Zoo have helped provide information about this species.

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The mating system of rusty-spotted cats hasn’t been explicitly studied; their closest relatives, leopard cats, suggest they may be polygynous, but zoo observations suggest monogamy.

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Because they are largely carnivorous, rusty-spotted cats play a role in controlling populations of small vertebrates.

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Most interactions between mother rusty-spotted cats and their young are play-oriented which is crucial to locomotion development.

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The main threat of the rusty-spotted cat is habitat loss and deforestation characterized by a decline in natural forest environments and an increase in agricultural areas.

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The gestation period of the rusty-spotted cat lasts between 65-79 days and each litter has 1-3 offspring.

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Rusty-spotted cats are solitary animals that are mostly terrestrial, but have arboreal tendencies as they are active, agile, and good at climbing.

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The rusty-spotted cat’s diet isn’t properly documented, but they’re known to be largely carnivorous and eat rodents, poultry, birds, insects, lizards, frogs, and other small mammals.

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Rusty-spotted cats mate year-round, but 50% of their young are born between July and October.

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Rusty-spotted cat communication is scent-oriented and both male and females spray urine for scent-marking.

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The rusty-spotted cat has relatively large eyes, which may be an adapatation to its seemingly nocturnal behavior.

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Rusty-spotted cats have short, brownish gray coats with a rusty tinge, but the Sri Lankan supspecies is less gray and more of a russet color.

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The mating activity of the rusty-spotted cat lasts from 1-11 days and includes nape biting and straddling.

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Three subspecies of the rusty-spotted cat are recognized.

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At about half the size of a domestic cat, the rusty-spotted cat is considered the smallest cat species.

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A newborn ring-tailed lemur relies completely on its mother until five months of age and will ride on her underbelly or back until then.

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Due to habitat loss and limited resources, ring-tailed lemurs typically live to 16 years, though the oldest lived to 33 years in captivity, and females live longer than males.

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Ring-tailed lemurs are sympatric with 9 other primates within their range, but there is little direct competition for food, even during the dry season when resources are limited.

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Ring tailed lemurs use scent in a variety of social contexts and will “handstand” and engage in “stink battles” in order to leave visual and olfactory signs.

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Ring-tailed lemurs have long, narrow, specialized teeth in their lower jaws that project straight forward to form a dental comb to aid in grooming.

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Ring-tailed lemur communication is complex as they utilize visual, vocal, olfactory, and tactile communication.

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There is a high infant mortality rate in ring-tailed lemurs as 30-50% don’t survive their first year.

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Ring-tailed lemurs travel in troops to deter predators that hunt singular prey, but are still predated by birds, fossas, civets, cats, snakes, and even other lemurs.

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In the driest parts of the ring-tailed lemur’s range, water availability is a serious issue as vegetation availability is linked to rainfall.

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Mother ring-tailed lemurs are the only ones to provide care for the young and will even care for the offspring of other females in the troop.

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Ring-tailed lemurs contribute to the ecosystem by spreading seeds through their feces and acting as a food source for numerous animals.

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Female ring-tailed lemurs are reproductively active at 2.5 years, but have a higher chance of conceiving and giving birth to healthy offspring at 3-4 years.