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6 amazing big cats!

The cat family is a rich and diverse collection of species, ranging from the domesticated house cat to the iconic lion.

BBC’s programme Big Cats gave us an insight into the secret lives of wild cats using cutting-edge technology. Here we explore more facts about these amazing animals.

A wild tiger is well camouflaged by the grass.

Tigers

Tigers are the largest of the cat family, which makes them the largest wild cat in the world! Adult tigers can weigh up to 363kg and measure up to 3.3 metres – nearly 11 feet!

A wild lion cub in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Lions

Lions have proven themselves to be the leading brain boxes of the big cat kingdom, solving puzzles that other big cats can’t.

A 4 year old female Jaguar named Curubanda at the Las Pumas wildlife sanctuary, Costa Rica. Image: World Animal Protection

Jaguars

Jaguars are highly adaptable and can survive in a range of habitats. They prefer to be near water, such as a tropical rainforest or swamp, but can also be in found in forests or grasslands.

 

Lynxes

Lynxes are highly solitary creatures and are rarely seen. The Iberian Lynx is the world’s most endangered cat.

A serval in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

Servals

The name ‘serval’ is derived from a Portuguese word meaning ‘wolf-deer’. Due to their striking appearance, these animals are sometimes called ‘the cat of spare parts’.

A cheetah mother and cub, Kenya.

Cheetahs

Cheetahs are famous for being the fastest land mammals on the planet, with a top speed of about 82mph. The black tear-shaped streaks on their face help to reflect the sun, aiding their vision when hunting.

Big Cats and our Not Entertainers Campaign

Many people love cats, and it’s easy to see why. But in the tourism industry, this love is being exploited for financial gain. Our Wildlife. Not Entertainers campaign focuses on how animals including lions and tigers are being abused in the name of tourist entertainment, and what you can do to help us to stop this.

Our petition to prevent Golden Tiger Co Ltd. from gaining a license for a new ‘Tiger Temple’ collected over 200,000 signatures. As part of our Wildlife. Not Entertainers campaign, we are working to prevent tigers from being exploited for selfies and other forms of tourist entertainment.

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