Hi there, my name is Mandy and I am the author of the Wild Cat Family website.
I was born in East Africa and discovered a love for wildlife as a child and have had an interest in the big cats ever since. Later in life, whilst following a career in Information Technology I began to study a Science degree part time and also volunteered on a number of wild cat projects in Africa and South America. In musing about what my research interest would be I realized it just had to be wild cats and subsequently learned there were far more cat species than just lions and leopards! Recently I qualified with a post graduate degree and published a thesis on caracals.
In order to learn about all the other cat species, I decided the best way was to develop a website. I found there were many excellent websites about individual cat species, however none that grouped the related cat species together, and so I structured Wild Cat Family around the eight lineages of wild cats.
Initially it was just a small website which just ticked over for a number of years, however recently I have had the opportunity to get back to it and spent a year upgrading the website, expanding the number of pages and started a Facebook page. I also realized that scholars and students were searching for academic information such as the taxonomic classification of a particular species. So I decided to focus the website to assist budding zoologists and perhaps encourage them to pursue a career in wild cat research. There is a desperate need for research on wild cats, especially on the lesser known smaller cats. The website is also an opportunity to spread the word about the great work of wild cat conservation organizations, and to help promote academic institutions that are involved with wild cat research.
However, as anyone that has attempted this knows, maintaining a website is a very time consuming task. Constant updating and researching new content for the website and social media is required, as well as keeping up with technology to ensure the website stays fresh and relevant. There are plenty of projects I hope to implement such as comparison charts about the cats, mini e-courses and quizzes for both young and old. Luckily with a background in IT I can manage most of the technical tasks, so it is just a matter of having the time to work on the website and covering expenses such as hosting and images. As you will see throughout the website I have a sponsorship opportunity where people can contribute a small amount in return for a link to their business or favorite charity. This sponsorship will allow me to continue working on this website and provide a free educational service for those interested in wild cats. Now that I have my Science qualifications I have become involved in wild cat projects locally and look forward to making my personal contribution to help conserve my favorite animals 🙂
If you have any comments or suggestions - please let me know via the contact form, thank you!