Big Cats

Big Cats

Lions and tigers and jaguars, oh my! Who can resist these overgrown kitties? My son suggested this topic months ago, and one day made me sit down to look for big cats on the Net. The first site we found (Big Cats Online) completely won him over. “Mom, you have to do big cats.” So, for my family and yours, here is the best of the big cats that roam the Net.

Cheetah Spot3 stars

Cheetah comes from a Hindi word meaning spotted one. It is an animal truly built for speed. Its fastest recorded speed is about 71 and nothing surpasses a cheetah in short sprints. It can accelerate to 45 m.p.h. in two seconds. This Web site has fascinating facts with charts and animations to illustrate its points, but I wish it had more photographs

Family Felidae3 stars

The Felidae family consists of 18 genera and 36 species. The main group Felinae includes the puma, the ocelot, the serval and many smaller wild cats as well as the domestic cat . The other main genera are Lynx which include the bobcat, and Panthera which includes the jaguar, the leopard, the tiger and the lion. The first cats appeared 26 million years ago, and by about 10 million years ago modern cats had evolved. Come visit this feline family tree, part of the larger CyberZoo site.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Cat Tales

International Snow Leopard Trust


Cite This Page

Feldman, Barbara. "Big Cats." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 13 May. 1997. Web. 2 Sep. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/bigcats/ >.


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By . Originally published May 13, 1997. Last modified August 4, 2015.

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