Mapping London’s Moggies
Thursday 28 February 2013
ZSL London Zoo unveils capital’s most comprehensive cat survey
Ever wondered about the tabby cats in Tottenham? Do white cats hail from White City? Or do you just want to know how many cats there are in Catford?
Marking the arrival of London’s newest and biggest cats at ZSL London Zoo’s soon-to-be-opened Tiger Territory , cat connoisseurs at the Zoo have come up with a revolutionary new way of charting each and every cat in London; Cat Map.
Launching today, Cat Map needs Londoners to add their feline friends' facts to an online map, making it the most inclusive survey of the capital’s puss population to date.
Cat Map mimics techniques used by field conservationists when recording the numbers and locations of individual animals in the wild and will give an overview of all of the cats living in London.
Cat Map Creator Filip Hnizdo said: “Our two new tigers are big cat news, but we think little cats are important too.
“Tigers are the world’s favourite animal, and an iconic species in every culture – we want to see just how important their smaller counterparts are to London’s residents.
“Cat Map is the one stop shop to find out how just how cat-mad Londoners are.”
When adding their moggy to Cat Map on the Zoo’s website, users upload a photo, and select the cat’s gender, age and colouring from pre-set categories – which will then be automatically placed on the interactive map.
Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have already added profiles for big cats Jae Jae and Melati, the Zoo’s new pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, and the Cat Map team will be closely monitoring London’s cat-stats as they are added to the database.
With just three weeks until Tiger Territory opens to the public Londoners will soon be able to see city’s biggest cats in their new home at ZSL London Zoo.
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