The Cat Survival Trust was registered as a charity in 1976. One of its main objectives is the on-site housing of an array of wild cat species for education and conservation purposes. In particular, habitat protection is a key issue and a primary philosophy of the Trust is the conservation of wild cats in the wild. The long-term protection of habitat such as forests is not only crucial for the wild cats themselves but also for our very own survival and so such work also forms one of the charity's main objectives.
HOW AND WHERE DONATIONS GO TO...
PURCHASE OF LAND FOR NEW PROTECTED AREAS
In the early 1990s The Cat Survival Trust bought its first new reserve in Misiones, Argentina. That reserve has now been adopted by the Misiones government as a Provincial Park, its initial population of around forty cats of five species has increased by almost a third and a very happy relationship has been established with the local people and their government.
CARE & FEEDING OF RESCUED CATS
Much of our food bill is sponsored by an animal food and accessories business which shares our site, but with so many cats waiting to be rescued the total will soon outstrip what can be provided from that source.
HOUSING FOR RESCUED WILD CATS FROM ZOOS & OTHER COLLECTIONS
Cats, regardless of species, can live for fifteen to twenty years, sometimes longer. Unfortunately as they get older they are less attractive as zoo exhibits and they are then often disposed of - zoos are cash-starved too.
OUR WORK IN CONSERVATION EDUCATION
Talks are given to schools and other interested groups in which we try to increase their awareness of the needs, not just of wild cats but of the whole environment in which both they and we live. Many of these people, especially those in deprived areas, cannot afford to pay fees or expenses.