People on the internet love their cats. There are pictures of cute cats doing cute things, there are cats on t-shirts and backpacks for sale and whole Tumblrs devoted to the feline population. In case you didn’t know, cats are in. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL aka the London Zoo) seeks to capitalize on the trend of cat-loving with their new interactive Cat Map.
The Cat Map seeks to record all the cats on the planet – albeit in a non-scientific way. Did you know there is a black and white kitten in Johanessburg called Gnocchi? We know this because Gnocchi’s owner added her to the Cat Map. Users can add felines anywhere in the world, and are searchable by gender, age and traits. It started with ZSL adding its big cats to the map, the two Sumatran tigers Jae Jae and Melati, which are listed as ‘ginger’.
Indeed, the Cat Map is actually a clever way to promote the Zoo’s new Tiger Sanctuary which opens March 22nd as well as the plight of Sumatran Tigers in the wild. In the corner is a counter of all the cats added, 8962 so far, and shows only 300 tigers left in the world.
Said ZSL web lead Filip Hnizdo:
Our two new tigers are big cat news, bit we think little cats are important too. Tigers are the world’s favorite animal, and an iconic species in every culture — we want to see just how important their smaller counterparts are.