Siberian Tigers (Photograph by Michael Nichols)  Of the three remaining species of tigers, Siberian tigers are the largest. While there are only 400 to 500 left in the wild, the population is considered stable, and conservation programs are introducing captive-born tigers to the wild.

“Beautiful family of Siberian Tigers. Of the three remaining species of tigers, Siberian tigers are the largest.

Snow Leopard (Photograph by Michael Nichols)  Native to the Central Asian mountains, the snow leopard is a rare sight, with only about 6,000 left in the wild. They are hunted for their beautiful, warm fur and for their organs, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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

Mountain Lion (Photograph by Jim & Jamie Dutcher)  Mountain lions do not like to share their territory and are constantly on the lookout for invaders.

Mountain Lion (Photograph by Jim & Jamie Dutcher) Mountain lions do not like to share their territory and are constantly on the lookout for invaders.

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.

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.

Lionesses and Cubs (Photograph by Beverly Joubert)  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.

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

Jaguar (Photograph by Joel Sartore)  Jaguars, the largest of South America’s big cats, once roamed much of the Americas. Today they are found in only a few remote regions.

Jaguar (Photograph by Joel Sartore) Jaguars, the largest of South America’s big cats, once roamed much of the Americas. Today they are found in only a few remote regions.

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.

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 Mother and Cubs (Photograph by Chris Johns)  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.

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.

Cheetah (Photograph by Chris Johns)  Sharp eyesight and raw speed make the cheetah a formidable hunter.

Cheetah (World’s fastest land mammal. It can run at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour) ~ (It doesn't roar but purr) ~ (In one stride it can cover 23 to 26 feet)

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.

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.

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