Thursday, 20 February 2014

FEATURELINK: Big Cats

Revered for their beauty and vitality, the five species of big cats include tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, and snow leopards. Despite the cats’ reputation for ferocity, these majestic predators face more danger than they pose: All are endangered, due mainly to habitat loss, poaching, and dwindling populations of their prey. WCS conservationists with the Great Cats program are working on the ground to protect the big cats and safeguard their habitats from the Himalayas to the Horn of Africa.
amur leopard

Amur Leopard

Leopards are highly adaptable cats, and all nine subspecies of leopard were once common throughout most of Africa and Asia. Today, however, the Amur leopard is considered the world’s rarest cat, with just 25 to 40 individuals remaining in a sliver of habitat along the Russian-Chinese border.
leopard

Cheetah

The cheetah is the fastest land mammal on Earth, capable of running 64 miles per hour. These cats range widely and need large areas of undisturbed land with sufficient wild prey to survive. Suitable cheetah habitats, however, are becoming increasingly scarce.read more

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