Biggest Cats
Initially, the term "big cat" represented the four large wild cats of Panthera tigers, lions, leopards, and jaguars. The big cats in this definition roar unlike those included in the more liberal modern definition. Large cats, however, exhibit similar structural and behavioral patterns and are carnivorous predators. Their advanced predatory behaviors put them at the top of the food chain in their respective habitats and ecosystems. Big cats are also among the top tourist attractions in the countries in which they are found.

The biggest big cats in the world


Liger is a hybrid developed by raising a male lion and a female tiger. They are mostly found in zoos. The hybrid is the largest feline in the world that weighs about 795lb - almost twice the weight of a lion or tiger. Ligers can reach an exceptional length of 11-12ft and a height of about 6ft. Ligers have the mixed appearance of tiger and lion with stripes in the brown colored coat and mane in the males. The US has about 40 ligands, which is the largest population in the world, followed by China. Most countries and naturalists oppose the crossing of lions and tigers.

Siberian tiger

The Siberian Tiger (Amur Leopard Cat) is the second largest large cat, reaching a total of 700 lbs for males with a length and height of about 3ft and 3.2ft, respectively. Prior to the introduction of the liger, the Siberian tiger was the largest feline. Siberian tigers have a rusty reddish or yellowish fur covered with black diagonal stripes. The Siberian tiger is an endangered species, according to the IUCN, due to hunting and habitat destruction. The Siberian tiger occupies the lower limb mountain region of Sikhote Alin in China.

Bengal tiger

The Bengal tiger is the third largest member of the feline family with its males weighing an average of 569lb. The endangered Bengal tiger has a yellow to light orange coat covered with black or dark brown stripes, an orange tail and white belly and inner legs. Males reach an average height of about 3ft and solitary animals hunt large mammals, particularly chital, sambar and gaur. The Bengal tiger sometimes hunts water buffalo, takin, cattle, and midsize prey such as the pig deer.
lion The lion is the fourth largest large cat member with males weighing an average of 418lb with a length of about 4-5ft. Lion populations have steadily declined in the African strip, leading the IUCN to categorize the cat as a vulnerable species, while those in India are threatened with extinction. The males distinguish the male lions. Lions are predatory carnivores that hunt from dusk to dawn in groups. Wildebeests, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, deer, wild boars and gemsbok make up most of the lion's mammal diet. Lionesses within pride are responsible for hunting while males guard their territory and capture.

Conservation status of big cats

Most big cats are a target for hunters and poachers, making many of them endangered species. The large feline family can be killed during sport hunting, fur poaching, and during animal-human conflict. Other great felines include the jaguar, cougar, leopard, cheater, snow leopard and eurasian lynx.