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Little-Known Facts About the Top Ten Big Cat Species of the World

clouded leopard
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Are you a fellow feline lover just like me? Most of these big cat species are known to everyone, but here’s a compilation of some much lesser-known facts about them.

#1 Lion

Male lion
Lion male in Masai Mara National Park. Image via Byrdyak, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An unusual fact about lions is that they are the most social of all big cats, living in groups called prides that can consist of up to 30 lions.

#2 Tiger

tiger cub
Young siberian/bengal tiger. Image by zaruba.ondrej.seznam.cz via depositphotos.com

Did you know that no two tigers have the same stripes? Each pattern is as unique as a fingerprint, which helps researchers identify individuals in the wild.

#3 Jaguar

Jaguar Vs. Elephant
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Jaguars are the third largest big cat species in the whole world, and they have a bite to match their size – its bite is even capable of piercing the shells of armored reptiles and turtles.

#4 Leopard

Three-month-old Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). Image via Depositphotos

One interesting fact about leopards is that they are strong swimmers and are one of the few cats that have a fondness for water.

#5 Cheetah

cheetah introduces cubs
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These big cats are famous as the world’s fastest animal. A much lesser-known fact is that they are the only big cats that cannot retract their claws, providing more traction during their high-speed chases.

#6 Snow Leopard

snow leopard
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The snow leopard is great at sneaking around without making a sound, and in fact, they actually cannot roar due to the different structures in their throat.

#7 Cougar

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Also known as mountain lions or pumas, cougars have the largest range of any wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, from the Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America.

#8 Clouded Leopard

clouded leopard
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Clouded leopards have the longest canine teeth relative to body size among wild cats. These impressive teeth are reminiscent of the saber-toothed tiger.

#9 Sunda Clouded Leopard

Sunda Clouded Leopard
Sunda Clouded Leopard. By Spencer Wright from North Walsham, England – Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis Diardi), Santago, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19083787

A trait that makes these felines really stand out is that they are among the best climbers of the big cats, capable of descending trees head-first.

#10 Ligers

liger
By Dinkun Chen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=128390583

Though not a naturally occurring species, ligers are a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. They are the largest of all known extant felines, often weighing over 1,000 pounds.

Thank you for reading this article about unusual facts about the many different big cat species of the world! Surely this has put you in the mood to dive even deeper into the world of big cats? Check out these posts to get to know them even better:

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