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The largest wild cats – Top 10

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The largest wild cats – Top 10

The biggest wild cats – Top 10

The longest and heaviest cats

The biggest wild cat in the world is the liger (a hybrid of a lion and a tigress). The liger is not present in the wild but as the largest and heaviest cat takes the first place on our list.

The second place (in the wild – the first place) takes the Siberian tiger, the largest specimens can weigh nearly 400 kg (880 lb). The third place occupies the king of animals – the lion.

To the list in the second position could be added the extinct saber-toothed tiger.

Detailed information on each of the big cats, are in separate articles, which are under links.

The biggest domestic cat

It is worth mentioning that the biggest domestic cat is a cat breed Maine Coon – the length up to 123 cm (48.5 in).

The largest wild cats

The largest wild cats

The largest wild cats – Top 10

1. Liger – 725 kg (1600 lb) / 370 cm (12ft 2in)

  • Average weight: 360 kg
  • Max. weight: 725 kg (1600 lb) – liger from Wisconsin
  • Length with tail:  300-370 cm (9ft 10in – 12ft 2 in)
  • Max. height: 165 cm (5ft 5in)

The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a tigress (Panthera tigris). Ligers typically grow larger than their parents, unlike tiglons which tend to be about as large as a female tiger. Liger does not occur in the wild. More…

Liger

Liger

2. Siberian tiger – 465 kg (1025lb) / 390 cm (12.8 ft)

  • Max. weight: 384 kg (847lb) / 465 kg (1025 lb) in captivity
  • Max. length with tail: 348 cm (11ft 5in) / 390 cm (12ft 9.5 in) in captivity
  • Max. height: 110 cm (43 in)

It is said that beauty is relative, but how to relate this statement to the king of Asian forests, that eclipses other big cats with its majestic appearance? More…

Siberian tiger / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

Jaipur – the largest Siberian tiger / Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

3. Bengal tiger – 388.7 kg (857 lb) / 370 cm (12.1 ft)

  • Max. weight: 388.7 kg (857 lb)
  • Length with tail: to 370 cm (12 ft)
  • Max. height: 110 cm (43 in)

Beautiful and dangerous night hunter, in danger of extinction. Bengal Tiger is one of the greatest representatives of the big cats. More…

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).

4. Lion – 313 kg (690 lb) / 360 cm (11.8 ft)

  • Average weight: males: 189.6 kg (418 lb); females: 126.9 kg (280 lb)
  • Average with tail: 170-250 cm (5 ft 7 in – 8 ft 2 in)
  • Tail length: 90–105 cm (2 ft 11 in–3 ft 5 in)
  • Max. height: 110 cm (43 in)

Lions have extremely massive physique, which coupled with high efficiency, makes them the most perfect terrestrial predators. More…

Lion versus tiger

Lion

5. Jaguar – 148 kg (326 lb) / 260 cm (8ft 6.4 in)

  • Weight: 50 – 148 kg (110 – 326 lb)
  • Length without tail: 112 – 185 cm (3.7 – 6.1 ft)
  • Length with tail: to 260 cm (8 ft 6.4 in)
  • Tail length: 45 – 75 cm (18 – 30 in)
  • Height: 63 – 76 cm (25 – 30 in)

Jaguars are the fifth among the largest wild cats in the world. Only lions and tigers are bigger. Jaguar is also the largest and most formidable cat in the western hemisphere, and it has the strongest jaws among cats. More…

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

6. Cougar (Puma concolor) – 105.2 kg (232 lb) / 275 cm (9 ft)

  • Weight: males: 53 – 100 kg (115 – 220 lb); females: 29 – 64 kg (64 – 141 lb)
  • Max weight: 105.2 kg (232 lb)
  • Length with tail: 1.5 – 2.75 m (4.9 – 9 ft), average: 2.05 m (6.7 ft)
  • Max. height: 60-76 cm (24-30 in)

The cougar is a large wild cat native to the Americas. More…

Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi).

Cougar

7. Leopard – 96.5 kg (213 lb) / 259 cm (102 in)

  • Average weight: males: 37–90 kg (82–198 lb); females: 28–60 kg (62–132 lb)
  • Length: without tail: 158 cm (62 in) / with tail: to 259 cm (102 in)
  • Tail length: 60–100 cm (24–39 in)
  • Height: males 60–70 cm (24–28 in); females: 57–64 cm (22–25 in)

The leopard is the seventh largest cat in the world. Leopards live in Africa and Asia. These animals can be seen in thick, humid forests, they also like spending time near water. More…

Persian leopard (Panthera pardus ciscaucasica)

Persian leopard (Panthera pardus ciscaucasica)

8. Snow leopard – 75 kg (165 lb) / 230 cm (7ft 7in)

  • Average weight: 27 – 55 kg (60 – 121 lb)
  • Max. weight: 75 kg (165 lb)
  • Length: 180-230 cm (5ft 11in – 7ft 6.6in)
  • Tail length: 80-100 cm (31-39 in)
  • Height: 60 cm (24 in)

Snow leopards are among the most mysterious and, at the same time, the least known cats. They live in altitudes that are reached by alpinists during their mountain trips. Moreover, one of their good friends is… the Yeti. 🙂 More…

Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)

Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)

9. Cheetah – 72 kg (159 lb) / 230 cm (7ft 6.6in)

  • Weight: 21–72 kg (46–159 lb)
  • Length without tail: 112–150 cm (44–59 in)
  • Tail length: 60–80 cm (24–31 in)
  • Height: 70 – 90 cm (28 – 35 in)

The cheetah is the fastest land animal. It can be found in Africa and Asia. Previously, it lived almost the entire Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, now the range of occurrence is very limited. More…

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

10. Eurasian Lynx – 30 kg (66 lb) / 129 cm (51 in)

  • Weight: 18 – 30 kg (40 – 66 lb)
  • Length: 81 – 129 cm (32 – 51 in)
  • Height: 70 cm (28 in)

The lynx is one of the most beautiful and interesting predatory mammals from the wild cats family. It is incredibly difficult to be seen at daytime because it hunts at night and during a day it rests in its shelter. More…

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)

11. Clouded leopard –  23 kg (51 lb) / 199 cm (6ft 6.3in)

  • Weight: 11.5 – 23 kg (25 – 51 lb)
  • Length without tail: 81 – 108 cm (32 – 43 in)
  • Tail length: 74 – 91 cm (29 – 36 in)
  • Height: 50 – 55 cm (20 – 22 in)

The name of the clouded leopard comes from the cloud shaped markings on its body. This wild cat is very mysterious, and researchers still have very little confirmed information about it. More…

Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)

Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)

12. Caracal – 18 kg (40 lb) / 112 cm (3ft 8in)

  • Weight: 8–18 kg (18–40 lb)
  • Length without tail: 73 – 78 cm (29 – 31 in)
  • Tail length: 26–34 cm (10–13 in)
  • Height: 40–50 cm (16–20 in)

The alternative name of this wild cat has not been created without a reason. It is enough to look at a caracal to see a similarity to the lynx that inhabits Eurasia. More…

Caracal - Desert lynx

Caracal – Desert lynx

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