BCW Day 1: Background

Big cats, these words may conjure up images of the following: majestic lions with their fluffy manes and the sounds of their bone chilling roar. A stealthy tiger on the prowl looking for its next meal. A cheetah running at tip speed across the Serengeti, or maybe even just cute snow leopard cubs cuddling together or playing in the snow. I will be focusing on these four big cats plus one more, jaguars, and I will give some basic information of each of these cute guys.
Lions
Location:
current-Africa (South of the Sahara)+ Asia (Gir Forest, India)
former- Africa, Middle East, India + southern Europe (they went extinct in 26 countries + their range decreased by 80+%)
Threats: hunting, habitat loss, + human conflicts
FF: Lions are the only big cats that live in large groups (prides)

Tigers
Location:
current-South-east Asia
former- Asia to Turkey + Indonesia ( Disappeared from 90+% over the past hundred years)
Threats: hunting, habitat loss, + human conflicts
FF: there were once 9 species of tigers 3 others went extinct during the 20th century

Cheetah

Location:
current-Eastern + South-western Africa 
Threats: hunting, habitat loss, + human conflicts
FF: they only need to drink once every three or four days

Leopards (clouded, snow, and African)

Location:
current-sub-Saharan Africa, north-east Africa, Central Asia, India, and China
Threats: hunting, habitat loss, + human conflicts
FF: leopards are comfortable in the water and have been known to eat crabs or fish

Jaguars

Location:
current- Amazon basin
Threats: hunting, habitat loss, + human conflicts
FF: jaguars are the largest cat of the Americas


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