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Felidae - Cats, Cheetahs, Lions, Tigers, Leopards

OcelotThere are 36 species of cats in this family. Species in this family are found in all areas of the world, except for Australia and Antarctica. They vary in size from the domestic cat to the lion.

The members of this family are built for hunting. They stalk, chase, and pounce on their prey. Unlike the claws found in most carnivores, the claws of species in the cat family are retractable and can be drawn into their paws. This protects their sharp claws from wearing down.

They have sharp canine teeth that help them kill their prey. Most species in this family sever the spinal cord of their prey with their canines. Species in this family have rounded heads and short muzzles. They have excellent eyesight and hearing and a good sense of smell.

The big cats in this family, like the lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard, can roar, but they can't purr. The small cats in this family, along with the pumas and the cheetah, can purr, but they can't roar! Most species in this order are solitary and hunt at night.

Species in this family include the cheetah, the caracal, the Chinese desert cat, the jaguarundi, the ocelot, the serval, the Eurasian lynx, the fishing cat, the lion, the tiger, and the snow leopard.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Bobcat - Lynx rufus Least Concern Least Concern
Canada Lynx - Lynx canadensis
Least Concern Threatened in US Endangered in NH
  Jaguar - Panthera onca Near Threatened Endangered in US
Jaguarundi - Puma yagouaroundi Least Concern Endangered in US
Margay - Leopardus wiedii Near Threatened
Mountain Lion- Puma concolor Least Concern
Florida Panther - Puma concolor coryi Endangered in US

North/Central American Species

 
Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Least Concern Endangered in US
Oncilla - Leopardus tigrinus Vulnerable

 

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Vulnerable Africa Asia
African Golden Cat - Caracal aurata Near Threatened Africa
Caracal - Caracal caracal Least Concern Africa Asia
Jungle Cat - Felis chaus Least Concern Africa Asia
Sand Cat - Felis margarita Near Threatened Africa Asia
Black-footed Cat - Felis nigripes Vulnerable Africa
Wild Cat - Felis silvestris Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Pampas Cat - Leopardus colocolo Near Threatened South America
Geoffroy's Cat - Leopardus geoffroyi Near Threatened South America
Guigna - Leopardus guigna Vulnerable South America
Andean Cat - Leopardus jacobita Endangered South America
Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
Oncilla - Leopardus tigrinus Vulnerable North America South America
Margay - Leopardus wiedii Near Threatened North America South America
Serval - Leptailurus serval Least Concern Africa
Canada Lynx - Lynx canadensis Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Eurasian Lynx - Lynx lynx Least Concern Asia Europe
Iberian Lynx - Lynx pardinus Critically Endangered Europe
  Bobcat - Lynx rufus Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Sunda Clouded Leopard - Neofelis diardi Vulnerable Asia
Clouded Leopard - Neofelis nebulosa Vulnerable Asia
Pallas's Cat - Otocolobus manul Near Threatened Asia
African Lion - Panthera leo Vulnerable Africa Asia
Jaguar - Panthera onca Near Threatened Endangered in US North America South America
Leopard - Panthera pardus Near Threatened Africa Asia
Tiger - Panthera tigris Endangered Asia
Snow Leopard - Panthera uncia Endangered Asia
Borneo Bay Cat - Pardofelis badia Endangered Asia
Marbled Cat - Pardofelis marmorata Vulnerable Asia
Asiatic Golden Cat - Pardofelis temminckii Near Threatened Asia
Leopard Cat - Prionailurus bengalensis Least Concern Asia
Flat-headed Cat - Prionailurus planiceps Endangered Asia
Rusty-spotted Cat - Prionailurus rubiginosus Vulnerable Asia
Fishing Cat - Prionailurus viverrinus Endangered Asia
Mountain Lion- Puma concolor Least Concern North America South America
Jaguarundi - Puma yagouaroundi Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

African Golden Cat - Caracal aurata Species Profile images video Near Threatened Africa
The African golden cat is about twice the size of a large domestic cat.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Golden Cat - Caracal aurata Species Profile Near Threatened Africa
African golden cats are found throughout much of equatorial Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

African Lion - Panthera leo Species Profile Photos Audio Vulnerable Africa Asia
Lions are the only members of the cat family to have males and females that look distinctly different.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Lion - Panthera leo Species Profile Photos video Vulnerable Africa Asia
The male African lion has a thick mane.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Lion - Panthera leo Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
The African lion is the only truly social cat species. They live in prides of 5-37 individuals.
Source: Phoenix Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Lion - Panthera leo Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
Lions may rest or sleep about 20 hours each day to conserve their energy.
Source: Los Angeles Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

African Lion - Panthera leo Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
African lions live in most of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Andean Cat - Leopardus jacobita Species Profile images video Endangered South America
The Andean mountain cat is considered to be one of the most endangered wild cats in the world.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Andean Cat - Leopardus jacobita Species Profile images Endangered South America
Andean cats are found in the Andean mountain region of southern Peru and Bolivia to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Asiatic Golden Cat - Pardofelis temminckii Species Profile Photos Near Threatened Asia
The Asian golden cat is found throughout southeast Asia
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-footed Cat - Felis nigripes Species Profile images Vulnerable Africa
The black-footed cat is the smallest wild cat in Africa.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-footed Cat - Felis nigripes Species Profile images Vulnerable Africa
The black-footed cat is found in the dry steppe and savannah regions of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Bobcat - Lynx rufus Species Profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
The bobcat has a 2-8 inch long tail.
Source: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bobcat - Lynx rufus Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Rabbits and hares make of a large part of the bobcat's diet.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bobcat - Lynx rufus Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Bobcats were once found throughout most of North America from northern Mexico to southern Canada.
Source: Defenders of Wildlife Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Bobcat - Lynx rufus Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Bobcats are solitary animals.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Borneo Bay Cat - Pardofelis badia Species Profile Endangered Asia
The bay cat is found island of Borneo.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Canada Lynx - Lynx canadensis Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
About 75% of the lynx's diet is made up of the snowshoe hare.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Caracal - Caracal caracal Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
Caracals can jump up to 10 feet in the air to catch flying birds.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caracal - Caracal caracal Species Profile images video Least Concern Africa Asia
Carcals have long, black-tufted ears.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caracal - Caracal caracal Species Profile images Least Concern Africa Asia
Caracals hunt small birds, rodents and other small mammals.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caracal - Caracal caracal Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
The caracal is found over much of Africa, Central Asia and southwestern Asia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Audio Vulnerable Africa Asia
Cheetahs don’t need to drink water. They get the moisture they need from the bodies of their prey
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Video Africa Asia
The cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the world.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
Cheetah hide in the tall grasses when hunting.
Source: Defenders of Wildlife Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
Unlike most other cats, the cheetah usually hunts during daylight, preferring early morning or early evening.
Source: African Wildlife Foundation Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
The cheetah is solitary, except when raising cubs.
Source: Phoenix Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
Cheetahs hunt medium-sized animals like gazelles and impala, and a variety of small mammals.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Africa Asia
The cheetah is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Clouded Leopard - Neofelis nebulosa Species Profile Photos Audio Vulnerable Asia
In Malaysia, this arboreal cat is known as the “tree tiger.” In China it is called the "mint leopard" because its spots look like mint leaves.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Clouded Leopard - Neofelis nebulosa Species Profile Photos video Vulnerable Asia
The clouded leopard is named after the 'clouds' on its coat - ellipses partially edged in black, with the insides a darker color than the background color of its coat.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Clouded Leopard - Neofelis nebulosa Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
Clouded leopards are found south of the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan. They are also found in northeastern India, Myanmar, southern China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and mainland Malaysia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Clouded Leopard - Neofelis nebulosa Species Profile Photos Vulnerable Asia
The clouded leopard is found from Nepal, Bangladesh and eastern India through Indochina to Sumatra and Borneo and northeastward to southern China.
Source: Nashville Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Eurasian Lynx - Lynx lynx Species Profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
Eurasian lynx are found throughout Europe and Siberia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Eurasian Lynx - Lynx lynx Species Profile Photos Least Concern Asia Europe
The Eurasian lynx is native to Central Asian, European, and Siberian forests.
Source: Nashville Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Fishing Cat - Prionailurus viverrinus Species Profile images video Endangered Asia
The fishing cat like water and likes to fish!
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Fishing Cat - Prionailurus viverrinus Species Profile images Endangered Asia
Fishing cats are found in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Java, and Pakistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Flat-headed Cat - Prionailurus planiceps Species Profile images Endangered Asia
The flat-headed cat has a flattened head and small, rounded ears.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Flat-headed Cat - Prionailurus planiceps Species Profile Endangered Asia
The historical range of the flat-headed cat is restricted to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Geoffroy's Cat - Leopardus geoffroyi Species Profile Photos Near Threatened South America
Geoffroy's cat is found throughout most of the southern half of South America.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Guigna - Leopardus guigna Species Profile images video Vulnerable South America
The guigna is the size of a tiny house cat.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Guigna - Leopardus guigna Species Profile Vulnerable South America
The guigna is also known as the kodkod. It is found in central and southern Chile and Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Iberian Lynx - Lynx pardinus Species Profile images video Critically Endangered Europe
The Iberian lynx is also known as the Spanish lynx.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Iberian Lynx - Lynx pardinus Species Profile images Critically Endangered Europe
The Spanish lynx is found in the Iberian Peninsula in Spain.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguar - Panthera onca Species Profile Photos Near Threatened Endangered in US North America South America
Jaguars are completely at home in the water, and are seldom far from a river or lake.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguar - Panthera onca Species Profile Photos video Near Threatened Endangered in US North America South America
The jaguar's name comes from the native Indian name ‘yaguara', meaning ‘a beast that kills its prey with one bound.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguar - Panthera onca Species Profile Photos Near Threatened Endangered in US North America South America
Jaguars are found from southern Arizona and New Mexico south toward northern Argentina and northeastern Brazil.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguar - Panthera onca Species Profile Photos Near Threatened Endangered in US North America South America
The jaguar’s strong legs make its a great climber and swimmer.
Source: Los Angeles Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguarundi - Puma yagouaroundi Species Profile images video Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
The jaguarundi is long and slender, with short legs, a small, flattened head, short, rounded ears, and a long tail.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jaguarundi - Puma yagouaroundi Species Profile images Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
The rusty-spotted cat is only found in the southern parts of India, Gujarat, Jammu, and Kashmir, and in Sri Lanka.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Jungle Cat - Felis chaus Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia
The jungle cat is found in Asia and North Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Leopard - Panthera pardus Species Profile Photos Audio Near Threatened Africa Asia
Leopards are the largest cats to climb trees on a regular basis.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Leopard - Panthera pardus Species Profile Photos Near Threatened Africa Asia
Leopards are found in Africa and some parts of Asia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Amur Leopard - Panthera pardus orientalis Species Profile images video Asia
The Amur leopard is considered to be one of the most critically endangered big cats in the world, with just 35 remaining in the wild, all in the Russian Far East.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Leopard Cat - Prionailurus bengalensis Species Profile Photos Least Concern Asia
The leopard cat is found from Java and Bali, north to southeastern Siberia and Manchuria, as far east as India, and westward to Korea and the Philippines.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Marbled Cat - Pardofelis marmorata Species Profile images Vulnerable Asia
This small spotted cat has an extremely long tail.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Marbled Cat - Pardofelis marmorata Species Profile Vulnerable Asia
Marbled cats are found in Nepal and Sikkim through northern Myanmar to Thailand, Indochina, Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Margay - Leopardus wiedii Species Profile Photos Near Threatened North America South America
Margays are found in forested regions from Northern Mexico to Uruguay and northern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
Mountain lions can jump 18 feet from the ground into a tree!
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos video Least Concern North America South America
The mountain lion is also known as the puma or the cougar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
Mountain lions are solitary, except during mating season.
Source: Phoenix Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
With a running start, the mountain lion can leap 45 feet.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
Mountain lions are very territorial.
Source: Aquarium of the Pacific Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Lion - Puma concolor Species Profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
Historically, mountain lions had the most extensive distribution of all American terrestrial mammals. They ranged from coast to coast in North America, and from southern Argentina and Chile to southeastern Alaska.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Species Profile Photos Audio Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
Ocelots pluck off all the feathers and fur from animals that they catch before they eat them!
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Photos Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
The ocelot's spots help camouflage it.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Species Profile Photos Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
Ocelots are solitary, but a male and female pair may share the same territory.
Source: Phoenix Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Species Profile Photos Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
Ocelots hunt at night.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Species Profile Photos Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
Ocelots are powerful climbers, and their webbed forepaws make them good swimmers.
Source: Los Angeles Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis Species Profile Photos Least Concern Endangered in US North America South America
The ocelot is found from Southwestern Texas to northern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Oncilla - Leopardus tigrinus Species Profile Vulnerable North America South America
The little spotted cat have been reported as far north as Costa Rica and Panama south to southeastern Brazil and northern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Pallas' Cat - Otocolobus manul Species Profile images video Near Threatened Asia
Pallas' cat is about the size of a domestic cat.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pallas' Cat - Otocolobus manul Species Profile images Near Threatened Asia
The Pallas' cat is found throughout Central Asia, from western Iran to western China.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Pampas Cat - Leopardus colocolo Species Profile images video Near Threatened South America
The colocolo is also known as the Coloco.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pampas Cat - Leopardus colocolo Species Profile images Near Threatened South America
Colocolo are found in the forested slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia; the cloud forests of Chile; the Paraguayan chaco; open woodland areas of central, western, northeastern, and southern Brazil; and the the pampas of Argentina and Uruguay, and southern Patagonia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Rusty-spotted Cat - Prionailurus rubiginosus Species Profile images Vulnerable Asia
The rusty-spotted cat is one of the smallest cat species in the world.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Rusty-spotted Cat - Prionailurus rubiginosus Species Profile images Vulnerable Asia
The rusty-spotted cat is only found in the southern parts of India, Gujarat, Jammu, and Kashmir, and in Sri Lanka.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Sand Cat - Felis margarita Species Profile images video Near Threatened Africa Asia
The sand cat is well adapted to its arid desert habitat. It gets all the water it needs from its food.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sand Cat - Felis margarita Species Profile images Near Threatened Africa Asia
The sand cat is found in three distinct areas of the world: Sahara Desert of Africa in the countries of Algeria, Niger and Morocco; throughout the Arabian Peninsula; and in parts of Central Asia including Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Sand Cat - Felis margarita Species Profile images Near Threatened Africa Asia
The sand cat eats small mammals, birds, insects and reptiles.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Serval - Leptailurus serval Species Profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa
The serval has the longest legs and largest ears for its body size of any cat.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Serval - Leptailurus serval Species Profile Photos video Least Concern Africa
The serval has a long, narrow head with very large ears.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Serval - Leptailurus serval Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Servals are found throughout the savannas of Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Serval - Leptailurus serval Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa
The serval primarily eats small rodents and ground birds.
Source: The Living Desert Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Snow Leopard - Panthera uncia Species Profile Photos Audio Endangered Asia
Snow leopards have been seen at altitudes as high as 18,000 feet.
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Snow Leopard - Panthera uncia Species Profile Photos Endangered Asia
Snow leopards inhabit the mountain ranges of Central Asia stretching from northwestern China to Tibet and the Himalayas.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Tiger - Panthera tigris Species Profile Photos Audio Endangered Asia
Each tiger has its very own stripe pattern!
Source: San Diego Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tiger - Panthera tigris Species Profile Photos video Endangered Asia
The tiger is easily recognized by its orange coat and broad black stripes.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Tiger - Panthera tigris Species Profile Photos Endangered Asia
Tigers are found in China, Korea, Russia, and parts of India and the Himalayan region.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Sumatran Tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae Species Profile Photos Endangered Asia
Sumatran tigers are solitary, except during mating season and when raising young.
Source: Phoenix Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sumatran Tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae Species Profile Photos Endangered Asia
Sumatran tigers may travel more than 20 miles to find suitable prey.
Source: Los Angeles Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Wild Cat - Felis silvestris Species Profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Wild cats are found throughout continental Europe, southwestern Asia, and the savannah regions of Africa.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Wild Cat - Felis silvestris Species Profile images video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe
Wild cats are larger than domestic cats.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes