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Caracal Facts

Caracal Common Name: Caracal Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Caracal) Species: caracal Misc: The name Caracal is derived from a Turkish word "karakulak" meaning "black ear." The Caracal was once trained for bird hunting in Iran and India. They were put into arenas containing a flock of pigeons, and wagers were made as to how many the cat would take down. This is the origination of the expression "to put a cat amongst the pigeons." The Caracal is capable Read More

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Lion Facts

Lion - Panthera leo This "King of Beasts" once roamed over most parts of the world including Africa, North America and Eurasia. Today, however, they are restricted to the savanna, open expanses, and grassy plains of Africa, and to a small area of western India. There are about 15,000 lions in the wild today. Just ten years ago that number was closer to 50,000.  The shrinking numbers are due to hunting and overpopulation of humans. One hundred and fifty years ago, there lived a subspecies of lion, Panthera leo persica, which was found Read More

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Leopard Facts

Leopard   Common Name: Leopard Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Panthera Species: pardus (asian) Sub-species: (Not all listed, these are the most common)   Javan leopard - P.p. melas Amur leopard - P.p. orientalis Indian leopard - P.p. fusca North Chinese leopard - P.p. japonensis Somali leopard - P.p. nanopardus Zanzibar leopard - P.p. adersi Sinai leopard - P.p. jarvisi Sri Lankan leopard - P.p. kotiya Barbary leopard Read More

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Jaguar Facts

Jaguar   Jaguar: Panthera onca Common Name: Jaguar Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Panthera Species: onca Misc: The Jaguar and the Leopard are often confused with one another in zoos. Their coloring and markings are so similar that it is difficult for people to distinguish them. The difference lies in the center of the Jaguars rosettes, because unlike the leopard, the Jaguar has spots inside of its rosettes! The Jag is also a much stockier Read More

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Cougar Facts

Cougar - Felis concolor   Common Names: Cougar, Puma, Panther, Mountain Lion, Catamount Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Puma) Species: concolor Sub-species: Eastern Texas to Florida – P.c.coryi –IUCN: Endangered, CITES:Appendix I Northeastern US and southeastern Canada Cougar – P.c. couguar - IUCN: Endangered, CITES: Appendix I Central American Cougar – P.c. costaricensis – CITES: Appendix I Misc: The cougar has the greatest natural Read More

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Cheetah Facts

The Cheetah Kingdom: Animal Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivore Family: Felidae Subfamily: Acinonychinae Genus: Acinonyx species:Jubatus The word "Cheetah" is derived from the Hindi word "Chita" meaning "spotted one". The Cheetah is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 45 - 70 mph. Cheetahs have also been known to swim, although they do not like to. The Cheetah is not one of the Great Cats, because it does not have a floating Hyoid bone in its neck it can not roar, therefore it is a Lesser Cat. Cheetahs have been Read More

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Tiger Facts

TIGERS   Common Name: Tiger Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Panthera Species: tigris Sub-species: Bengal Tiger - Panthera tigris tigris 1200-1500 left Siberian (Amurian) Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica 331 left Sumatran Tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae 136 left Indo-Chinese Tiger - Panthera tigris corbetti Malayan Tiger - Panthera tigris jacksoni ** South China Tiger - Panthera tigris amoyensis 37 left Javan Tiger - Panthera tigris Read More

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Bobcat Facts

Bobcat   Common Name: Bobcat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Lynx) Species: rufus Sub-Species: L.r. escuinapae Mexican bobcat Misc: This cat is named for its short tail. Size and Appearance: The Bobcat is a medium sized cat with a ruff of fur around the sides of the face. They weigh between 13-30 pounds, stand 21 inches high and are 30-50 inches long. The bobcats in the North tend to be larger than those in the south. Their coat color varies Read More

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Chinese Mountain Cat Facts

Chinese Mountain Cat Photo by Hans Reinhard Common Name: Chinese Mountain Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Felis) Species: bieti Misc: Another one of the world’s least known felines, the Chinese Mountain Cat was originally called the Chinese Desert Cat, but in 1992 it was agreed to change it to the Chinese Mountain Cat since it never actually inhabited the desert at all. Size and Appearance: A small stocky built cat with relatively Read More

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Black Footed Cat Facts

Black Footed Cat   Common Name: Black Footed CatKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Felis)Species: nigripes  Life Span: Captive black footed cats have lived up to 13 years. Sub-Species: Some sources list a southern subspecies, Felis nigripes thomasi, but today many authorities question the validity of this subspecies. Size and Appearance:  The black-footed cat is perhaps the smallest species of wild cat in Africa, black-footed cats average only 2.4 Read More