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Big Cat - Info

I have been working with Big Cats as a photographer for 9 years now and have helped the conservation of some of the ones, which are threatened to become extinct in the foreseeable future. The obvious question is

What is a Big Cat?


There is no scientific definition of the term 'Big Cat' and if you search the Internet, you will see that there are different definitions regarding which wild cat species are considered to be a Big Cat. Most common are the two specifications below:


By Size
Just looking at the cats' size, the term Big Cat would include
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----Tiger-------------------------Lion------------------------Jaguar------------------------Leopard-------------------Snow Leopard

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-----Cheetah-----------------------Puma

Some people consider also the medium-sized cat species as Big Cats. This goes in particular for the Clouded Leopard, but also for the Lynx, the Caracal and the Serval Cat. These cats are however significantly smaller than the ones mentioned above.


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Clouded Leopard------------------------Lynx----------------------------Carcal---------------------------Serval Cat


The Cat Species of the Genus Panthera
In the conservation world Big Cats are most often referred to as the cats of the genus Panthera
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--------Tiger------------------Lion---------------Jaguar-------------Leopard-------Snow Leopard


No matter how you define Big Cat, all wild cats and the larger ones in particular struggle to survive extinction. Poaching, Habitat Loss, Depletion of Prey and Diseases are the most common threats to wild cats and also to other wildlife species. In addition to this, the shrinking habitat and the lack of prey is leading to an increased human/wildlife conflict.


You can access information about the individual species and threats to wildlife by clicking on the highlighted terms. This is still work in progress, but will be expanded over the coming weeks.

Species information on this web page is mainly based on information by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), while information on the threats to Big Cats and other wildlife species is based on information from various conservation groups and news bulletins (information sources are generally provided below the articles