Big Cats Facts

  • All Wild Tigers live in Asia
  • Most leopards are light colored with distinctive dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose. Black leopards, which appear to be almost solid in color because their spots are hard to distinguish, are commonly called black panthers.
  • Tigers are able to swim, climb, run, leap, crawl and walk. Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers seem to enjoy water. They swim well and often soak in streams or pools of water to cool off.
  • Servals are found in many parts of Africa, but not in the equatorial jungles or the Sahara.
  • Long, muscular hind legs enable snow leopards to leap seven times their own body length in a single bound.
  • Serval’s are best known for its long legs which aids in capturing prey. It can catch birds in flight up to almost 15 feet in the air straight up.
  • A tiger’s stripes are like fingerprints—no two animals have the same pattern.
  • Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.
  • Tigers can run 35 miles/hour but only for a few seconds
  • The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats.
  • Tigers have been hunted for their skin, bones, and other body parts, used in traditional Chinese medicine.