Learn more about wild cats during talk at Colossal Cave park

2012-11-29T00:00:00Z Learn more about wild cats during talk at Colossal Cave parkSubmitted by Gayle Alleman Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Lisa Haynes, coordinator of the UA's Wild Cat Research and Conservation Program, will conduct a presentation at 2 and 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Colossal Cave Mountain Park.

The presentation is titled "The 'Real' Wild Cats: Cats of the World and Our Sonoran Desert Region."

Haynes will provide an overview of the world's wild cats, then focus on the four wild cat species of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

She will cover basic distribution and ecology of our two temperate North American cats (the mountain lion and bobcat, including Tucson's backyard bobcats), as well as the two neotropical cats (the jaguar and ocelot), and finally, the mysterious "Sasquatch" jaguarundi.

Haynes will discuss landscape management challenges for these cats and outline research efforts under way, and what the University of Arizona's Wild Cat Center is doing to study and conserve these wild and beautiful felines.

Haynes specializes in the study and conservation of the world's wild cat species, both locally and internationally.

The free presentation will be held at Ranch Headquarters at the park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail.

There is a park use fee of $5 per car up to six people.

Call 647-7275 for more information or go to www.ColossalCave.com online.

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