Certificate of Appreciation for Iriomote Wild Cat Preservation Action

Prof. Masako Izawa, from the Faculty of Science, Chemistry, Biology and Marine Sciences, Biology Program at the University of Ryukyus, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her longtime Iriomote wild cat preservation actions by the executive committee of the Iriomote Wild Cat Discovery 50th Anniversary Project (committee chair, Taketomi Town mayor Eicho Kawamitsu).

Since 2015 was the 50th year after discovery of the Iriomote wild cat, various events were held in Taketomi Town, and there was also a lot of discussion about preservation. On October 8, 2015, a forum was held in Iriomotejima. At this forum, certificates of appreciation were presented to five groups and one individual. Receiving her award, Prof. Izawa said, “At the University of the Ryukyus, professors Sadao Ikehara and Tetsuo Takara took part in preservation activities right from the time of the cat’s discovery. For the last 30 years or so I have carried on their studies and continued to research the Iriomote wild cat. There are many unsolved issues in the research and new problems regarding preservation are developing one after another, so there are still a lot of things that I have to do. As there are numerous colleagues and students who are eager to conduct Iriomote wild cat research and prevention, I feel a responsibility to continue working in the future.”

The certificate of appreciation

Photo of Iriomote wild cat taken by auto-shoot camera

Research scene: The research area in Iriomotejima is a subtropical forest with various water sources.

Research scene: Commemorative photo with participants