TOWEL, PLEASE: Some cats dislike water, but not the jaguar! This rain forest cat, native to Central and South America, swims in rivers to hunt for fish, turtles, and caimans.
Photograph by ZSSD, Minden Pictures
CUB CUTIE: Young African lions grow up in prides with between 3 and 40 other felines. Females usually live with the pride for life, but males often leave when they’re a few years old.
Photograph by Martin Willis, Minden Pictures
DEN DWELLERS: Sand cats, which live in deserts in Asia and northern Africa, hide out in dens to protect themselves from midday heat and cold nights.
Photograph by Gerard Lacz, FLPA, Minden Pictures
WET AND WILD: Cheetah moms have four to six cubs. It’s Mom’s job to teach her cubs how to survive in the dry, open grasslands of Africa and Asia.
Photograph by Paul and Paveena Mckenzie, Visuals Unlimited, Getty Images
LAP KITTY: Bengal tigers—native to India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Nepal—visit water holes to cool off and quench their thirst.
Photograph by Aditya Singh, Getty Images
POUNCING PREDATOR: The mountain lion, a cat that lives in North and South America, has powerful hind legs that enable it to jump 40 to 45 feet (12 to 13 meters).
Photograph by Matthias Breiter, Minden Pictures
BUILT-IN BLANKET: The long, thick coat on the Pallas’s cat keeps it warm in its cold Asian habitat.
Photograph by Rod Williams, NPL, Minden Pictures
SMELLY CAT: In its African home, a male leopard will mark its territory with urine. Sometimes the cat will roll around in his scent, covering up other animals’ tracks.
Photograph by Philip Perry, FLPA, Minden Pictures
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