Just had to share a post by the US Department of the Interior about this – good information on wild cats and beautiful images! Enjoy!
This is my favorite video out of all the ones I’ve looked at thus far in researching my book (due out this fall/winter) on the
Lions can roar, but they can’t purr. This is because their vocal tract is shaped differently from a smaller cat.
The fact that cats are dangerous seems pretty self-evident.
Yet, last summer, visitors to a drive-through zoo still got out of their car near an uncaged tiger, with predictable results.
This summer, a Kenyan man illegally grazed his herd in Nairobi National Park at night – prime lion activity time. They found what little was left of him the next morning.
Seen more closely, though, these incidents aren’t as simple as they seem.
For one thing, each happened in a big city – Beijing and Nairobi, respectively.
Today, lynxes are the only wild cats seen in both the Old World and the New. In the Ice Age, lions also may have ranged over the northern continents.
The first modern cats exploded through the Old World like particles shooting out of a radioactive rock.