How much do you know about big cats? Test your knowledge of India's big cats.
Tigers are the largest of the big cats, and the Siberian tiger is the largest of all.
Tiger stripes are like fingerprints. No two tigers have the same markings.
There are eight recognized subspecies of tiger in the world, but three, the Caspian, Javan and Bali, are extinct and the remaining five, Bengal, Indo-Chinese, South China, Siberian and Sumatran, are endangered. The World Conservation Union's Cat Specialist Group reports that there may be only 7,700 tigers left in the world.
The diet of the leopard is as varied as its spots. It dines on creatures great and small, some many times its own weight. A large kill may provide leopard leftovers for up to two weeks.
The leopard's hearing and eyesight are its strongest senses, making it among the stealthiest of the big cat hunters. Leopards also have a strong sense of smell, but rely on it less while hunting.
The genetic makeup between Asiatic lions and African lions differs, but only slightly, suggesting the populations were separated only about 100,000 years ago. Asiatic lions also have a fold under their stomachs that African lions do not have, and they have shorter manes.
The last sighting of an Asiatic lion outside India was in Iran in 1942. These animals now reside exclusively in Gir National Forest in northwest India. There are only 200 to 300 Asiatic lions remaining in the world.
The Romans used Asiatic lions to kill Christians and prisoners for sport.
A snow leopard is rather agile. It can leap 20 feet vertically and 50 feet horizontally, maneuvering from one rocky surface to another.
Snow leopards are quieter than other big cats. They are known to make only a "huffing" sound during mating season.