Change In ALC Status
The Asian Leopard Cat is now listed in the “Least Concern, Population Stable” category on
the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The list was revised in
July 27, 2015. The IUCN is the world’s source on the global conservation of animal, fungi,
and plant species. The movement of the leopard cat to Least Concern is good news for the Bengal cat!
See the Red List or, (more accessible) The International Society for
Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada.
The TIBCS Lightning Fund raises money to combat
HCM in the Bengal breed. Currently ongoing
research is searching for the genetic mutations
in the DNA of HCM positive Bengals. We need
more samples from both HCM positive Bengals
and Bengals over 8 years old who are test HCM
negative in that age group. It is estimated that
another year and another grant will be needed to
develop a test for HCM. Two potentially related
variants have been located and the search for
more continues daily.
You can help by donating
to the Lightning Fund. Any amount would be
very appreciated. Send it by Paypal to the e-mail
email@example.com and note that it is for the
Recommendations for HCM and PK Def
TIBCS has formally adopted Recommendations for HCM and PK Def. The recommendations state when Bengals should be tested and when it is appropriate to use them in a breeding program. The recommendations for HCM have been translated into additional languages. See Recommendations.
Around the Web
We are starting a column in The Bengal Bulletin that will list, with commentary as appropriate, web sites/pages that might be of particular interest to members. (For example, the inagural column included a webpage on "Do Raw Diets Affect Blood Test Results?") If you find something that may be of interest to the members (no matter what the topic), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the next column.
Breeder's Brochure Available
TIBCS has a brochure that is designed for breeders considering
joining TIBCS, titled "A Bengal Breeder's Best Friend." The brochure is
on our website on the Forms and Docs page under documents or directly at http://www.tibcs.com/breeders.pdf
Everyone is invited to take it to shows to give Bengal breeders who haven't discovered TIBCS yet.
Drop a line to email@example.com.