The World's Cats
The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group is the recognized global entity tracking the status of the world’s wild cats. Two of our scientists with the UA Wild Cat Center, Ashwin Naidu and Jim Sanderson, are official members of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group
The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species. It is one of over 120 similar international specialist groups forming the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The Specialist Groups perform species assessments for the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and produce species action plans and policy guidelines. These groups also provide information for the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, which is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and advise governments that are Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
For information on the world’s wild cat species go to the Group’s website: