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Big Cat Initiative Week December 6-10

Derek and Beverly Jouberet are leading the Big Cat Initiative, which is a “comprehensive program that supports on-the-ground conservation projects, education, and economic incentive efforts and a global public-awareness campaign” in Botswana Africa.

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Big Cats Facts

(Found on National Geographic’s Website)

-The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. It can run at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour (113 kilometers an hour).

-An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away.

-Long, muscular hind legs enable snow leopards to leap seven times their own body length in a single bound.

-A tiger’s stripes are like fingerprints—no two animals have the same pattern.

-The strongest climber among the big cats, a leopard can carry prey twice its weight up a tree.

-The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered animals in the world.

-In one stride, a cheetah can cover 23 to 26 feet (7 to 8 meters).

-The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap.”

-In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.

-The mountain lion and the cheetah share an ancestor.

-Cheetahs do not roar, as the other big cats do. Instead, they purr.

-Tigers are excellent swimmers and do not avoid water.

-A female Amur leopard gives birth to one to four cubs in each litter.

-Fossil records from two million years ago show evidence of jaguars.

-Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Every female within the pride is usually related.

-The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats.

-Mountain lions are strong jumpers, thanks to muscular hind legs that are longer than their front legs.

-Tigers have been hunted for their skin, bones, and other body parts, used in traditional Chinese medicine.

-Unlike other cats, lions have a tuft of hair at the end of their tails.

-After humans, mountain lions have the largest range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

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