Big Cats

Of course we need jigsaws of cats, but we thought we'd start off with these of Big Cats - amazing photos, facts, and fun.

Big Cats
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The term “big cat” is typically used to refer to any of the five living members of the genus Panthera, namely tiger (Panthera tigris), lion (Panthera leo), jaguar (Panthera onca), leopard (Panthera pardus), and snow leopard (Panthera uncia).

The tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar are the only cat species with the anatomical structure that enables them to roar. Apart from the snow leopard, these big cats possess thickened vocal folds below their vocal cords and a roar is produced by vibrations of these folds.

Lions are the most social of all big cats and are the only ones which live together in groups or “prides”, which consist of about 15 lions. All other big cats live solitary lives, with the exception of mothers and cubs. Some, like the snow leopard, are especially elusive and rarely seen.

As apex predators, big cats are bellwethers for their ecosystems. If they’re doing well, the ecosystem is doing well, and vice versa. As a whole, big cats are under increasing threats from poaching, habitat loss, and other environmental factors.