( The foundation cats of the Domestic Bengal Cat)
Bamboo has worked with over 20 lines of Leopard Cats in their breeding program, 4 of them are their personal unique Leopard Cats and the rest are found in their Bengal pedigrees. They are:
ZHaDum of Bamboo (Male) Taro (male)
Maximus of Bamboo/LCF (Male) Bahgara Kahn (male)
ZaRu of Bamboo/LCF (Amur Male) Ido Naqit (Amur male)
Asianna of Bamboo (Female) Leopard of Cheethatu (Amur male)
Hatfield ALC (male) Centerwall/Meredith (Male)
Leapold ALC (male) Houser ALC (female)
Dundee NIH ALC (Male) Wild Huntsman (male)
Unlike the Domestic Cat (Felis Catus) that is made up from several wild species, the Leopard Cat is a true species of cat that are found in the wild. ALL of Bamboo's Leopard Cats were captive bred. Leopard Cats are bred to domestic cats to make domestic Bengals. The early generation Bengals are commonly known as the Filial (F) Bengals. Some incorrectly call them foundation Bengals. The only true foundation cat to the domestic Bengal is the Leopard Cat and the first domestic cats bred to them. In fact the first Bengal cats ever named, bred, advertised, sold, and even shown as Bengal cats were F1 or first generation Bengal cats who establishing their first legal Trademark.
Leopard Cats are CITES regulated, meaning they are a protected species and should only be kept in facilities that are involved in propagating their pure species. Producing Bengals with them should be secondary and not their main purpose. Even though only about one in ten Leopard Cats will ever breed a domestic cat, hundreds of captive Leopard Cats gene pools are being lost each year to the Bengal breed.
We feel that unless a cattery is planning to breed pure Leopard Cats, they are exploiting a near endangered protected species and are part of the problem not the solution to saving these beautiful species from extinction. Also, ALL Leopard Cats must now have documentation proving subspecies to be transported into the US or across state lines.
The reason for this is because many import/exporters have been caught selling endangered subspecies of Leopard Cats without documentation to avoid the Endangered Species Act. This also includes their offspring including Bengal cats. All Bamboo's Leopard Cats are subspecies documented.
Here at Bamboo the preservation of the Leopard Cat species is our main goal and our Bengal program income is used to advance that goal, so your purchase goes to support the Leopard cat species and does not exploit them.
For more accurate information on Leopard Cats go to the
Leopard Cat Foundation®
We have owned and raised 33 Leopard
in our Leopard Cat Foundation®
breeding facility since 2000.
We are currently using the following
Two Leopard Cats that are used in our
Leopard Cat Foundation® breeding program
in our Bengal cat program, but are planning
to add some new ones in 2007 and 2008.
|Maximus of Bamboo (p.bengalensis chinensis)|
|ZaRu of Bamboo (p.bengalensis euptilura)|
Bamboo's breeding stock are permanently identified with registered AVID® microchips
and are DNA swabbed for genetic identification.
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