Wild cat is listed as ôvulnerableö in the Red Data Book of Ukraine.

The habitat of a wild cat in Ukraine covers the Carpathian region, south-eastern part of Vinnitsa region, certain areas of Kirovograd and Odessa regions. In the 17-18 centuries species was also occurred in the Carpathian Mountains, in Volyn and Sumy.

The species inhabits broadleaf, mixed and rarely coniferous forests, and overflow land forests. For the species seasonal vertical movement in mountainous areas are typical.

The diet includes mouse-like rodents and birds. Although the cat feed on insects, lizards or wild rose hips. Live singly, mainly active in the nighttime and twilight. They make dens in the hollows of old trees, rock crevices, reeds and brushwood. Females usually give birth ones per year at the end of April ľ beginning of May. There are usually 2 - 4 cubs in a litter.

Kyiv Zoo is the only zoo in Ukraine where the wild cat lives. This rare animal was rescued from poachers a few years ago and brought to the zoo from Vinnitsa region. His name is Silver and he loves quail eggs. Zoo plans to form a pair to breed these rare animals and develop program to return cats to the wild.

Author of the text and photos
Maryna Shkvyria, PhD

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