15 Photos

15 images show the diversity of India's big (and not so big) wild cats

The Indian subcontinent is full of fascinating felines – and many remain surprisingly little-known. 

Watch a Rare Video of a Leopard Playing With Its Food

Watch a leopard use the jaw bone of the animal it has just killed to open up the carcass and find out if this is an example of a big cat using a tool.



Lions 101

How much do lions eat? When do they begin to roar? Find out how many pounds of meat they devour, how loud their roars can be, and whether they are endangered.



Tigers 101

Tigers are icons of beauty, power, and the importance of conservation. Learn five surprising facts about these striped felines, including how large the cats can be, an adaptation some developed for swimming, and how much wild tiger populations have declined. February 2019 is National Geographic's Big Cat Month: found out more about it here:  



How a New Generation Is Saving Zambia's Lions

"Zambia is one of the last remaining strongholds for large African carnivores like lions, yet human conflict is impacting their populations. National Geographic Explorer Thandiwe Mweetwa and Fulbright Scholar Henry Mwape are conservationists working with the Zambian Carnivore Program to ensure these big cats will be around for generations to come. The work of the Zambian Carnivore Program is supported by the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative. Connecting with local communities and leaders is an important component of many Explorers’ work. The National Geographic Society is working with Big Cats Initiative grantees to create films highlighting the impact of their efforts which are translated into local languages and distributed in-region."

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