Read about the lion at Lions or print out PDF
Which best describes a lion "pride"
• A group of female lionesses and their cubs
• A group of young male lions that live and hunt together
• A group of males, females, and cubs led by a dominant female
• One lead male lion and a group of females
In what way are lions different from other cats
• They have manes and tufted tails
• They hunt live prey for food
• They are solitary hunters
• They are the largest of the big cats
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Read the about the leopard at Leopards or print out PDF
Why did the author write this article?
• To explain why leopards eat insects
• To tell the reader about the leopard
• To tell the reader about endangered animals
• To explain why farmers kill leopards
Then, look at these two pictures of a leopard at Big Cat Rescue named Sundari.
Now, answer the questions based on these pictures and the article.
These pictures show the leopard resting in two different positions. Compare and contrast these Read More
Read the article about the cougar at
Cougars or print out PDF
In this article, there is a sentence "Sight is its most acute sense with a good sense of hearing"
• Having a sharp point
• Of great importance
Cougars live in the wild
• ¼ as long as in captivity
• 3 times as long as in captivity
• 2 times as long as in captivity
• ½ as long as in captivity
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Read about the bobcat at
Bobcats or print out PDF
This cat is named the bobcat because:
• It was discovered by a scientist named Bob
• It is a common wild cat in the United States
• It's tail is short and stands out
• It's coat comes in many shades of brown
According to the map graphic of the habitat of the bobcat, you probably won't find bobcats in which of these states?
• New Mexico
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Read about the Lion or view the PDF
Lions live in groups called prides. These groups consist of up to 20 lionesses, their cubs and 1 to 4 males. If each lioness has between 1 and 6 cubs, what is the largest possible number of members of this pride? How would you solve this problem? What is the answer?
The lion’s body can be seven feet two inches long and its tail up to three feet five inches long. It is second in size only to the Siberian tiger, which can be up to four yards long including its body Read More
Adult lions are tan in color and have furry tufts at the end of their tails. Males have long fur around their head and neck which is called a mane. Males are usually larger than females.
Baby lions are called cubs. These cats have up to 6 babies in a litter. Lions live in large social groups called “Prides”. They share territory and hunt together which helps with survival. Lions roar to locate other pride members and to signal strange male lions to stay away. The roar can be heard by other lions nearly 6 miles away.
Lions are meat eaters. Read More
Ocelots have white, tan or reddish gray fur with brown spots outlined in black. Their ears are black with a white or yellow spot. These spots are called flashes.
Ocelots have 1-2 babies in a litter. At about one year of age they move away from their family. They live alone most of their adult life.
Like other cats, ocelots are meat eaters. Meat eaters are also called carnivores. They are most active at night (nocturnal) which is when they usually hunt. Their diet consists mainly of mice, rats, opossums and armadillos. They also eat deer, Read More
The tiger is the biggest of all living cats. Its fur is reddish-orange with black stripes that allow for excellent camouflage or the ability to blend in with the background. Each stripe pattern is one of a kind just like our human fingerprints. Male tigers have extra thick fur around their necks. This is called a collar or ruff. Males are usually bigger than females. Tigers are very strong.
Baby tigers are called cubs. They can have up to 7 babies at one time but usually have around 3 in a litter. After they grow up they move away from their Read More
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Male ocelots have territories of 35 square miles and females have territories of 9 square miles. The males’ territories can overlap several females. How many females’ territories can be in one male’s? Show your reasoning and your work to solve this problem.
Ocelots can be up to four feet long which is twice as large as an average housecat. Therefore, how long can an average housecat be?
1. 1.5 feet long
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Tigers eat between 40-90 pounds of meat a day. If you have 600 pounds of meat, what is the largest number of tigers you can feed for one day?
There are more tigers in captivity than in the wild.
Today, there are 15,000 tigers in captivity; there are 400 Siberian tigers left in the wild, and 400 Sumatran tigers left.
How many tigers are in captivity?
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