The term "big cat" refers to a group of four members of the Panthera genus, including the lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard. Sometimes the snow leopard is also included in this group; additionally, some people have also included the cougar, cheetah, clouded leopard and the Sunda clouded leopard despite being outside of the genus. With the exception of the snow leopard, all of the members of the Panthera genus are able to roar, which is a trait unique to big cats.
These animals are now some of the rarest in the world, with many of them listed as endangered because they face threats including habitat destruction (mainly by humans), poaching for their fur and organs, and the spread of different diseases. But while humans are often at the root of these dangers to the big cats, we also play a role in conservation and protection, with many zoos and wildlife preserves helping protect and grow native big cat populations.
How well do you know the big cats in the animal kingdom? If you were given images of these creatures, would you be able to match them to their correct name? Or would you mistake lions for tigers, or cheetahs for leopards? The only way to find out is to take this quiz!