About Hats Cats

 

Seventy-five percent of all profits go to programs
that help save big wild cats from extinction.
We donate to these organizations:

World Wildlife Fund and Lion Guardians

(If you want to give your money directly to these organizations, that would be awesome. But you wouldn't get a hat.)

 

 

Amur Leopards


AMUR LEOPARDS

Amur leopards are very endangered. Most leopards live in Africa, but the Amur leopards have adapted to life in the coldest place that any leopards can live. Since there are only around 30 of them left, all of them live in this Land Of Leopards park in Russia. They are also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard. Like a lot of other leopards, the Amur leopard can run at up to 37 miles per hour. Amazingly they can also leap more than 19 feet forward and up to 10 feet high. Wow! Once they catch some prey they carry it and hide it so that it's not stolen by any other predators. Amur leopards mostly eat deer and they know how to pick the old and sick ones so the herd of deer can still thrive. They're a lot better at that than humans are, so it would be really useful if Amur leopards were allowed to hunt in places where there are a lot of deer. The grownups are really fierce and the cubs are really cute!


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Iberian Lynx


IBERIAN LYNX

There are many types of lynxes but the Iberian Lynx (found in Spain, on the Iberian Peninsula) is one of the most endangered of all big cats. They are small and cute with long legs and their tails have a black tip. Their ears have little black tufts on the top, and that's one of the cutest parts and one way you can set a lynx apart from other big cats. Lynxes eat lots of wild rabbits, but they can also eat ducks, deer and partridges if there aren't many rabbits around. As a matter of fact, there aren't very many rabbits around because a lot of rabbits are dying from diseases. The main threat, from what I've read, is that human creations such as roads and railways cut the lynxes on one side from the ones on the other. This means they have many fewer mates to choose from and therefore fewer kittens. There are only around 100 left! Lynxes are one of my favorite big cats and I really don't want them to become extinct. They are so cute! 


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Snow Leopard

SNOW LEOPARD

Snow leopards are really awesome. They're able to climb steep mountains easily, which is useful because they live in the tallest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. For a really long time they thrived in one of the harshest climates on Earth. They had a ton of prey to choose from, like sheep, ibexes, and creatures like that. But now they're facing an enemy that's too powerful even for a snow leopard: climate change. Their only predator are humans. When snow leopard kill people's animals, sometimes the people feel they have to kill the snow leopard to protect their family's food supply. I donate to World Wildlife Fund and they make sure the local communities know they shouldn't kill snow leopards because they're endangered (and really cute!). 


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African Lion

AFRICAN LION

African lions are the only organized group of big cats. The females work together when they hunt and often sneak up on their prey, which consists of antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, and other stuff. Sometimes one or two lionesses drive a large animal into a wall of lionesses, who can leap on the prey and kill it. They usually pick off small or weak or sick animals so as not to hurt the group of prey (so they can eat more of them later). The males eat first (not so fair). I guess that's because the males protect the cubs against fierce predators like hyenas. And also because they're in charge. The females eat second, because they're the hunters, and the cubs eat last. Well, sometimes the newborn cubs eat with the male lion to try to win his favor so he'll let them into the pride. When lionesses give birth they don't take the cubs directly to the lion. They wait in little hiding spots until the cubs are big enough to walk. Then they see if the leading lion lets them in the pride.

The cubs are really cute.

People didn't seem to notice for a long time that the lion population was decreasing. There are fewer than 40,000 of them left, almost all of them in Africa, and they're only found on about 22 percent of what was once their range. They're not on the endangered species list but conservation groups think they should be.

I am donating to an organization called Lion Guardians. They train the Maasai people, who really know the land. In particular, they work with the warriors and train them to become lion defenders. These people warn herders when lions are around, patch and strengthen fences, and if a group of hunters (boo! evil people!) comes to try to murder a lion, the Lion Guardians persuade them not to murder the lions because lions are endangered and awesome and really cute. (Especially the last part.)  


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