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Old 01-24-03, 03:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Many zoos have programs or are working with private breeders to work with endangered wildcats. The only problem with many of the endangered cats are that its virtually impossible to initiate a releasement program, since there is little to no protection for them in the wild, and the very reason they are extinct (poaching, habitat destruction, etc) is still just as much as a threat - as well as it is very difficult to have an animal and raise it while maintaining its abilities to survive in the wild. Many of these animals will now only exist in private/government collections

Also, not just anyone can breed/keep these animals. There is alot of legal work and permits, people need to be trained to work with them, as well as it is very costly ($100/day just to FEED a kitten )
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