Updated: Mar 31, 2020
There are many endangered species throughout the world, however, I can not write about them all. As more blogs get posted you will see many different types of animals being discussed. This will include endangered species blogs. We are looking forward to keeping you informed! This week's blog is about Endangered Felines!
The few felines I will be talking about are the snow leopard, the tiger, the African lion, and the cheetah. As mentioned earlier, there are many endangered species and the felines are no exception. There are so many endangered felines, however, I chose to focus on only these four.
The snow leopard is a beautiful feline. They’re the only large cats who live in the cold deserts of Asia! These magnificent creatures spent most of their time alone. They’re known as the “ghosts of the mountain” because they are rarely seen. In a snow leopard’s environment, they’re the top predator. If we don’t protect the snow leopard, we’re not protecting the environment. Snow leopards are endangered mainly because of poachers. They’re being illegally killed and sold for money! They’re even sold for their fur. The fur of snow leopard is highly sought for making coats.
“A WWF study recorded snow leopards living at the highest altitude ever documented for big cats — 5,859 meters above sea level — about the same height as Canada’s highest mountain."
The next cat I will be talking about is the tiger. Tigers are beautiful cats. There are 9 different species of endangered tigers, I am just focusing on tigers in general. Tigers are the largest feline species, weighing around 670 pounds! They have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. Tigers are a nocturnal cat species. When a tiger cub is born, they’re born blind and only half of them will normally survive! Tigers are endangered because they are hunted for their meat, pelts, and body parts. They love to play and swim in the water...
The African lion may not be the largest cat breed, but they’re the largest African cat breed. The African lion (Panthera leo,) was once described in Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, of the English Language (1755) as “the fiercest and most magnanimous of the four-footed beasts.” The beautiful felines are actually not endangered because of poaching, but because of their homes being destroyed. As the human population increases, we are ruining the lion’s natural habitat in order to build. It is even harder for these animals because they can live almost anywhere. It is not as if they are just in one place and can stay there. They’re spread out. The lions color of their coat depends on where they’re in the world. It has been found that in cooler places, the coat is darker!
The cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the world! They can go from 0-60 miles in 3 seconds. Cheetahs, like the lions, are endangered because of habitat loss. They need lots of room to run and now all of them are fighting to survive because of roads and buildings taking up their home (s). Another reason could also be that young cheetahs are also killed by predators in the wild. Cheetahs usually live in dry, scrub forests, or savannas. They have an average life span of 10-12 years and are the only large cats that can not roar!
I could go on and on about how to save these creatures, but the best way to do it is by donating to save them. Four Paws is a great place to start donating! https://www.four-paws.org.uk/,