There are several reasons why the Andean cat is endangered. Primarily it is endangered due to hunting. It is also a sacred animal, which means it is used (dead) in various rituals. It is additionally considered a pest sometimes since it preys on small domesticated animals. The AGA works throughout the Andean cat's range to educate the local populace concerning the cat's importance and to protect and not kill them.
Since virtually nothing was known concerning this endangered cat until recently, AGA coordinates required research programs determining baseline data, including Andean cat abundances, what the cats eat, where the cats are found, and what major threats to cat survival are. Without this data we would never have known what their wild status is or how to aid their recovery. AGA continually increase our knowledge regarding these endangered cats through ongoing studies coordinated with their conservation goals, but AGA need your help to continue their desperately needed Andean cat preservation work . If you find this little cat endearing like I do and would like to support AGA, do not hesitate to go here and send a donation their way. AGA are doing vital work within challenging environments and always put any funds to extremely good use.
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Want to learn more about Andean Cats? Check out these links/books:
The American Society of Mammalogists has a Mammalian Species account on Andean cats.
The Andean Cat: A Conservation Action Plan by Villalba et al. was published by the AGA and is available for free download here.
The Handbook of the Mammals of the World, volume 1 Carnivores is an amazing book. It is extremely pricey, but if you want to know anything concerning all the carnivores there is currently no better book.
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids by David Macdonald and Andrew Loveridge is a must have if you are interested in cat conservation or biology.