Big Cats of The Wild
Kings of The Jungle
Of all the big cats the ones on the list below stand tall above their peers. Be sure and fill out your opinions on this article or about jungle cats in general at the bottom of this page in the comments capsule. If your are ever at a zoo be sure and check out the jungle cats to get a sense of how big they really are. At the zoo, there are a limited amount of tigers and lions. The power the the cats display are amazing. It is amazing to see them at feeding time, if you are allowed. I have always been able to tell similarities between large cats and domesticated house cats It is funny sometimes to watch how much they act the same. Of all the cats, I think that the leopard or panther, would be by choice. They seem so soft.
Tiger: The tiger is the largest jungle cat, weighing up to 670 pounds and growing up to eleven feet in length.The life span of these huge cats is 20-26 years and they can be traced back two million years to China. Even though King of the Jungle is used for the lion in truth the tiger would more times than not conquer any other wild cat. Tigers have the longest teeth of any canine with three feet long teeth. If you want to take care of a tiger, it is a big responsibility.
Lion: This endangered species can weigh up to 550 pounds and they exists now only in Africa, Asia and India. A lion can live up to twenty years and the males have the thick mane. Also, it is the tallest species in the wild big cats family. Usually, lions hunt in packs and there are eight subspecies of lions that are recognized. Poaching and hunting lions is illegal and it should be. This does not keep the poachers from poaching. Let them roam earth and do their thing. Female lions are protective of their young and will do anything to keep them safe. The lions on the campus of The University of North Alabama, live very well and are fed regularly. I was visiting and caught this event by accident. We saw how powerful these animals really are.
Leopard: These cats are also known as black panthers and of the four big cats of the jungle it is the smallest weighing from 140-220 pounds and they are the most adept jungle cat at climbing trees and such. The leopard resembles the cheetah and the jaguar in some ways. These cats are agile and can jump twenty feet in the air and run up to thirty miles per hour.
Cheetah: The cheetah inhabits most of Africa and large portions of the Middle East. It is known as the fastest land animal traveling with speeds of up to sixty five miles per hour over short distances of two hundred feet or so. Cheetahs are carnivores and their prey of choice is Zebra, Gazelles and Impalas. The cheetah prefers to hunt its prey during daylight hours.
Panther/Jaguar: The jaguar is the only big jungle cat located in America. It is the largest feline behind only the tiger and the lion. It breeds in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina and Paraguay. Jaguar: The Jaguar looks like an over sized Leopard and it is near threatened species. Males grow up to 350 pounds and the cats length from nose tip to tail tip has measured almost seven feet in length. They love to swim just like tigers.
Cougar/Puma: The cougar or puma is a true predator who stalks and eats everything including: deer, elk, moose, sheep and even horses. The cougar is the largest of the small cats grouping. Cougars will usually not eat any prey unless it killed it. Males weigh up to 240 pounds and females up to 160 pounds.
* I welcome your thoughts and opinions on these jungle cats in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this page.
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Cats of the jungle are divided into the Big Cats and the Little cats. The big cats are the Tiger, Lion, Jaguar and the Leopard. Also, these are the only four of the jungle cats that roar.
List of Jungle Cats:
9. Asian Golden Cat
10. Sand Cat
11. Jungle Cat
19 of the 50 U.S. States prohibit citizens from owning any of these big cats. I do recall that former boxer Mike Tyson used to own four White Bengal Tigers in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Facts about Big Cats of The Jungle
1. A Cheetah can run up 70 mph.
2. A Tiger can swim at high speeds and appears to thoroughly enjoy doing it.
3. Tiger Stripes: Every single Tiger has different stripe patterns.
4. A full grown male Lion can produce a roar that can be heard up to 5 miles away.
5. Cheetahs can reach up to 26 feet in each stride.
6. Lions are the only Big Cats that live, sleep and move in packs called Prides.
7. Leopards are Nocturnal cats.
8. Pumas can jump up to 20 feet strait up into the air or a tree.
9. A Lion can drink water out of the river for up to thirty strait minutes.
10. The Lynx has 28 teeth.
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