Native to the Central Asian mountains, the snow leopard is a rare sight, with only about left in the wild. They are hunted for their beautiful, warm fur and for their organs, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Photograph by Michael Nichols
Lioness, Botswana (Photograph by Beverly Joubert) A female lion in Botswana’s Okavango Delta stretches as other members of the pride lounge nearby. Pride size can range from 2 to 18 females and cubs, all related to one another.
Three female lions and a pair of cubs rest in the grass in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Females remain with a pride for life and often have to defend their cubs from males, who will kill young lions when taking over another male's territory
Clouded Leopard (Photograph by Peter Weimann / Animals—Earth Scenes) Somewhere between the small cats, which can purr, and the big cats, which can roar, are clouded leopards. These rare cats make their home in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
Cheetah mothers typically give birth to a litter of three cubs, all of which will stay with her for one and a half to two years before venturing off on their own. When interacting with her cubs, cheetah mothers purr, just like domestic cats.
Lion, Kenya (Photograph by John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk) Lions are threatened throughout most of their African range. But nowhere is their condition as perilous as in Kenyan Maasailand, where this large male was photographed.