Lions and Tigers and Leopards, Oh My!
The Biggest of the Big Cats
by Britany Ugalde, age 11
cats are very interesting. There are many different types of big
of these big cats have a lot in common. For instance, all big cats
are carnivores, which mean they are meat eaters. They usually get
their food by hunting. They all have very good eye sight and
There are some big cats that look very similar but are very
different. For example, the leopard and the jaguar look similar, but
they have many differences.
first difference is where they live. The leopard lives in Africa and
Southern Asia, while the jaguar lives in the Americas: southern USA,
Central and South America. Another difference is their habitat.
Leopards habitats include high hills, deserts, and rainforests. They
sometimes live near towns and villages. Jaguar habitats, however, are
usually thick forests with swamps, lakes, and rivers. Their bodies
are also different. The leopard weighs about 130-155 pounds while the
jaguar weights about 220 lbs.
people think that big cats are fascinating, and they certainly are.
They are beautiful and fast. They are skilled hunters. There are many
types of cats. They are part of what makes nature interesting.
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