The 7 Cats of the Panthera Lineage

(largest to smallest)

The Panthera lineage consists of 7 cats, five of which are the largest in the cat family.
The first four big cats in the Panthera genus are the only wild cats that have the ability to roar, however they cannot purr like most other cats.
These big cats are also the most endangered due to the loss and fragmentation of their large territories, and wildlife trade in their body parts and beautiful skins.

1. Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Tiger (Panthera tigris) - Panthera lineage

Tiger Fact Sheet

Tigers Forever   WCS Russia

6. Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)

Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) - Panthera lineage

Clouded Leopard Fact Sheet

Clouded Leopard Project

7. Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi)

Sunda Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi) - Panthera lineage

Sunda Clouded Leopard Fact Sheet

Sunda Clouded Leopard Project

Big Cat Videos

NatGeo Wild - Big Cat Week 2017

NatGeo Wild – Big Cat Week 2017

All the Big Cat Week Series

Wild About Animals - Big Cats Video

Wild About Animals – Big Cats

All the Wild About Animals Series

Big Cat Diary - Tamu's Story

Big Cat Diary – Tamu’s Story

All the Big Cat Diary Series

Video Clips Taken in the Wild

Tiger Videos
ARKive video - Bengal tigers walking
Lion Videos
ARKive video - Asiatic lions drinking, male tolerates cubs
Jaguar Videos
ARKive video - Jaguar grooming itself
Leopard Videos
ARKive video - Arabian leopard - overview
Snow Leopard Videos
ARKive video - Snow leopard female and juvenile, adult hunting markhor down mountain slope
Clouded Leopard Videos
ARKive video - Clouded leopard - overview
Sunda Clouded Leopard Video

First footage of new Asia big cat species Feb 2010

Panthera Lineage Cat Quiz

Click through on the images, videos and fact sheets above to find the answers to this quiz. Good luck!

1. Which continent has the most big cat species?

2. Which continent has no big cat species?

3. How many times larger is the Lion compared to the Clouded Leopard?

4. Which two big cat species are at the most risk of becoming extinct?

5. Which big cat is also known as a Panther?

6. Which cat in the Panthera genus cannot roar?

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