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Unraveling the puzzle of Madagascar’s forest cats


In her 30 years working as a researcher in Madagascar, CU Boulder Anthropology Professor Michelle Sauther has had a number of chance encounters with a strange forest creature: a wild, oversized cat with a characteristic tabby-like colouring.

“When I first started working in Madagascar, I noticed that these cats all seemed to look the same,” said Sauther, whose research focuses on primates. “They were big, and they were always the same colour.”

Scientists had no idea where they came from—the island nation has no native cats of its own. MORE

Header image: A forest cat trips a motion-activated “camera trap” in Madagascar’s Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve. Credit: Michelle Sauther.

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