From the author of Wild Animals of America ABC (1988) and other nature titles, an elegant, readable look at 18 wild relatives of the housecat, with striking color photos and information on appearance, behavior, habitat, scientific name, and endangered status for each. The familiar lion, tiger, and cheetah, as well as the more exotic caracal, fishing cat, and jaguarundi, are included, along with snaps of Ryden's red tabby housecat, Lily--whose similar behaviors provide a link between the wild and the familiar. The facts here are curious and intriguing: the marbled cat has a thick, bushy tail, used as a balancing rod when he climbs trees; spotted leopards and black leopards may be born in the same litter. Beautiful and informative; a treat for cat lovers and naturalists. List of 18 additional wild cats; index.