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Chasing Big Cats: Species Guide
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Chasing Big Cats: Species Guide

Some are well-known: lion, leopard, cheetah. Some you may never have heard of before: serval, caracal. They are among the "big cats" — beautiful, deadly, and endangered.

Explore their habitats, lifespans, reproduction habits, and diets with this species guide.

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Amur (Siberian) Tiger

Amur (Siberian) Tiger

The Amur — or Siberian — tiger is the biggest of the big cats. This majestic animal has already been rescued from extinction once and may need to be saved again. More...

Article
World Wildlife Fund
Quiz: Which Endangered Big Cat Are You?

Quiz: Which Endangered Big Cat Are You?

Big cats are among the most endangered species on our planet. Learn about rare cats and see how your preferences match up with some of their traits. More...

Interactive
Sierra Club
What’s a Liger?

What’s a Liger?

A liger — as you might have guessed — is a combination of a lion and a tiger. Even among big cats, it's a REALLY BIG cat. More...

Video
National Geographic
The Vanishing Lions: Cloning the King of Beasts

The Vanishing Lions: Cloning the King of Beasts

Many animal species, including lions and other big cats, are in danger of extinction. Is cloning the solution? More...

Article
PBS
Why Are Big Cats Endangered

Why Are Big Cats Endangered

The plight of big cats, predators at the top of the food chain, has been highlighted in recent years. Find out why they are endangered. More...

Article
SEEtheWILD.org
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Chasing Big Cats: Photo Essay

Chasing Big Cats: Photo Essay

Candid photos and action shots of big cats on the prowl are included in this collection of pictures featuring Tokitok lionesses and caracal kittens. More...

Images
PBS
Prehistoric Big Cats

Prehistoric Big Cats

In prehistoric times, large carnivores roamed what is now Europe. This included two saber-toothed cats that were among the top predators of their day. More...

Article
Discovery
Tigerdy: Tiger Facts

Tigerdy: Tiger Facts

Test your knowledge of tigers, Asian medicine myths, and tiger preservation in a Jeopardy-like format. More...

Game
Big Cat Rescue
Beverly and Dereck Joubert: Life Lessons from Big Cats

Beverly and Dereck Joubert: Life Lessons from Big Cats

Beverly and Dereck Joubert have spent their lives among Africa's big cats, videotaping them in their natural habitats. See what one little cub in particular taught them. More...

Video
TED
Cheetah Breaks Speed Record - Beats Usain Bolt by Seconds

Cheetah Breaks Speed Record - Beats Usain Bolt by Seconds

Move over Usain Bolt, there's a new speed champion in town, Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah from the Cincinnati Zoo. More...

Video
National Geographic
Hope for the Lion

Hope for the Lion

Once the most widespread carnivore, lions are now a vulnerable species. Except in Kenya. See how cows, the Maasai people, and lions are creating a healthy savannah. More...

Article
EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Jaguars

Jaguars

Jaguars are the largest species of cat in the Americas. This type of panther is a loner who travels widely in the remote regions of Central and South America. More...

Article
National Geographic
Rare Arabian Leopard Needs Protection

Rare Arabian Leopard Needs Protection

Years of deforestation and habitat destruction have put the Arabian leopard and oryx on the brink of extinction. Slowly, these animals are making a comeback, in captivity at least. More...

Video
BBC
Serengeti: Leopard Competition

Serengeti: Leopard Competition

Leopards look like fierce predators that can hold their own, but lions, hyenas, and wild dogs often try to poach this spotted cat's kill. Learn how leopards minimize competition and about their survival techniques. More...

Video
Animal Planet
Survival of the Fastest: Predators and Prey on the African Savannah

Survival of the Fastest: Predators and Prey on the African Savannah

On the African savannah, cheetahs and lions have evolved as efficient predators. But the would-be prey also have a few tricks up their hooves. More...

Video
PBS
The Science of a Cheetah’s Speed

The Science of a Cheetah’s Speed

Cheetahs are built for speed. Take a closer look at their anatomy and how they achieve top speeds in excess of 60 mph. More...

Video
National Geographic
Bay Area Puma Project

Bay Area Puma Project

Cougar, puma, mountain lion — the best-known big cat in North America has many names and is in danger from many fronts. Explore the puma with this site and interactives. More...

Article
Bay Area Puma Project
Big Cats: Photo Gallery

Big Cats: Photo Gallery

Lions and tigers and jaguars, oh my. Enjoy these stunning images of big cats in their natural habitats. More...

Images
National Geographic
How Do Tigers Communicate?

How Do Tigers Communicate?

Tigers are big cats, very big cats. But if you have a cat at home, you shouldn't be surprised to find out big cats and little cats communicate in similar ways. More...

Video
Moor Park College
Lynx

Lynx

Skilled night hunters with great hearing, lynx avoid humans. Take a closer look at these solitary cats, which live in the northern forests of Europe, Asia, and North America. More...

Article
National Geographic
Man-Eating Tigers

Man-Eating Tigers

Tigers kill more people in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh than in any other tiger habit — yet the people see these tigers as guardians of the forest. More...

Article
EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Scientist Profile: Cheetah Conservationist

Scientist Profile: Cheetah Conservationist

Known in her African village as "the Cheetah Lady," Laurie Marker founded a conservation fund to research, breed, protect, live with, and lecture about this sensitive and highly endangered cat. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
West’s Love of Talc Threatens India’s Tigers

West’s Love of Talc Threatens India’s Tigers

Once hunted to the edge of extinction, the Indian tiger is threatened again. Discover the link between beauty products and this animal’s shrinking habitat. More...

Article
The Guardian

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