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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.

Will TIGERS The “Wild Wonders Of The World” Be Extincted By 2022

At a Tiger Summit Today in St. Petersburg Russia, global wildlife experts predict that Wild Tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.

The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been working hard all year to help save the world’s tiger population, which as you may recall are in dire straights. As the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reported, there may be as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild. And recently it was reported that there are more tigers in (cruel) captivity in the U.S. than roaming wild in Asia. DiCaprio, however, is doing his part. First by donating a cool million dollars to the WWF’s tiger campaign and then by going through extreme travel challenges to meet with Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, to discuss the tiger situation.

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