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Small Cats by Sebastian Kennerkecht (19) More files...
Sebastian has been focusing on wild cats since he began his career as a wildlife photographer having started tracking bobcats on his university campus.

'Small' wildcats are of special interest to him. Of the 40 species of wildcat on this planet, 33 of these, are considered small cats, and they roam more than three quarters of the world’s terrestrial land mass. Though not nearly as famous as their larger cousins, these small cats have extraordinary stories to tell.

Sadly, well over half of the small cat species are decreasing in population. Habitat loss and degradation, illegal hunting, the pet trade and decreased availability of prey are all major threats to these felines. To make matters worse, small cats receive just 1 percent of the funding for cat conservation worldwide.

It is precisely the elusive nature of these animals that makes them so difficult to protect. Capturing footage of secretive, highly territorial animals in dense habitats and extreme environments can be
next to impossible. Without the photographs of these unknown cats, however, it’s impossible to generate the necessary awareness and empathy that lead to conservation action.

With his commitment to these lesser known cousins of the Leopard and Lion Sebastian strives to bring attention and conservation support to these small, but mighty cats.
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old female kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada
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00641560 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old female kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at night, Mamoni Valley, Panama
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00641708 Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at night, Mamoni Valley, Panama© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia) and Domestic Cat (Felis catus) hybrid male in coniferous forest, Glen Isla, Scotland, United Kingdom  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00543045 Scottish Wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia) and Domestic Cat (Felis catus) hybrid male in coniferous forest, Glen Isla, Scotland, United Kingdom© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia) gray morph male in lowland rainforest, Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00533938 Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia) gray morph male in lowland rainforest, Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Arabian Caracal (Caracal caracal schmitzi) in cloud forest, Hawf Protected Area, Yemen  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00481414 Arabian Caracal (Caracal caracal schmitzi) in cloud forest, Hawf Protected Area, Yemen© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Pampas Cat (Leopardus colocolo) in altiplano at night, Ciudad de Piedra, Andes, western Bolivia
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00568164 Pampas Cat (Leopardus colocolo) in altiplano at night, Ciudad de Piedra, Andes, western Bolivia© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis) at night, Deramakot Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00641644 Sunda Leopard Cat (Prionailurus javanensis) at night, Deramakot Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) in lowland rainforest, Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00517801 Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) in lowland rainforest, Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Spanish Lynx (Lynx pardinus) mother with twenty-one month old female kitten, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Sierra de Andujar, Sierra Morena, Andalusia, Spain
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00641554 Spanish Lynx (Lynx pardinus) mother with twenty-one month old female kitten, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Sierra de Andujar, Sierra Morena, Andalusia, Spain© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Andean Mountain Cat (Leopardus jacobita) at night, Abra Granada, Andes, northwestern Argentina
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00571297 Andean Mountain Cat (Leopardus jacobita) at night, Abra Granada, Andes, northwestern Argentina© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) female walking, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00429868 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) female walking, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada
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00641559 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), habituated female, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina
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00571307 Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), habituated female, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina© Sebastian Kennerknecht
African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata) grey morph male in rainforest, Kibale National Park, western Uganda
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00560492 African Golden Cat (Caracal aurata) grey morph male in rainforest, Kibale National Park, western Uganda© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Bobcat (Lynx rufus) juvenile, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00429864 Bobcat (Lynx rufus) juvenile, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) in mountain valley, Uchkul River, Sarychat-Ertash Strict Nature Reserve, Tien Shan Mountains, eastern Kyrgyzstan
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00564957 Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) in mountain valley, Uchkul River, Sarychat-Ertash Strict Nature Reserve, Tien Shan Mountains, eastern Kyrgyzstan© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Spanish Lynx (Lynx pardinus) male at latrine, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Sierra de Andujar, Sierra Morena, Andalusia, Spain
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00641553 Spanish Lynx (Lynx pardinus) male at latrine, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Sierra de Andujar, Sierra Morena, Andalusia, Spain© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old female kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada
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00641561 Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) eleven month old female kitten in winter, Manitoba, Canada© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) male running over bridge in urban wetland at night, Diyasaru Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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00583857 Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) male running over bridge in urban wetland at night, Diyasaru Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka© Sebastian Kennerknecht
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