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List of largest cats

This list of largest cats shows the 10 largest extant Felidae species, ordered by maximum reported weight and size of wild individuals on record. The list does not contain cat hybrids, such as the liger or tigon.

List [ edit ]

Following list contains size (weight and length) measurements for wild adult males of each species:

RankCommon nameScientific nameImageWeight range (kg)Maximum weight (kg)Length range (m)Maximum length (m) [a]Shoulder height (cm)Native range by continent(s)Range map
1TigerPanthera tigris90–258 [1]387.8 (in the wild, scales not verified, not accepted in scientific articles) [2]2.3-3.0 [3]3.38 [4]70-110 [5]AsiaHistorical tiger distribution PLoS 2009.png
2LionPanthera leo160–240 [b]313 (in the wild; [7] [8] scales verified) [9] [c]2.7-3.5 [10]3.875 [8] [11]90-135 [12]Africa, Asia, formerly Europe and AmericaLion distribution.png
3JaguarPanthera onca56–125158 [13] [14]1.8-2.7 [15]2.8 [16]68-80 [17]North and South America
4CougarPuma concolor36–105125.2 [18]1.5-2.4 [19]2.8 [20]53-88 [21]North and South AmericaCougar range map 2010.png
5LeopardPanthera pardus30–8096 [14]1.6-2.3 [22]2.75 [23] [24]44-78 [25]Africa, Europe and AsiaLeopard distribution.jpg
6CheetahAcinonyx jubatus25-6575 [26]1.5-2.3 [27]2.5 [28] [29] [30]77-94cm [31]Africa, AsiaAcinonyx jubatus subspecies range IUCN 2015.png
7Snow leopardPanthera uncia22–5575 [32] [33]1.6-2.1 [34]2.5 [32] [33]60-66 [35]AsiaSnowLeopard distribution.jpg
8Eurasian lynxLynx lynx15–3038 [36]80-1.3 [37]1.5 [13] [38]60-71 [39]Asia, EuropeEuropeanLynx distribution2015.jpg
9Sunda clouded leopardNeofelis diardi12–26261.3-1.6 [40]1.9 [41]40-52 [42]AsiaSunda-Clouded-leopard distribution.jpg
10Clouded leopardNeofelis nebulosa11.5–23231.2-1.6 [43]1.9 [44]46-56 [45]AsiaClouded-leopard distribution.jpg

Explanatory notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ This refers to the length including the tail. Note that lengths given as «between the pegs» generally include the tail.
  2. ^ 240 kg (411.3–575.0 lb) in Southern Africa, 175 kg-205 kg(386 lb-565 lb) in East Africa, 160–190 kg (350–420 lb) in India [6]
  3. ^ The largest known lion measured 3.35 m (11.0 ft). An exceptionally heavy male lion near Mount Kenya weighed 272 kg (600 lb). The longest wild lion reportedly was a male shot near Mucusso National Park in southern Angola

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6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Jaguars

‘He who kills with one leap” – the meaning of the Native American name for jaguars (‘yaguar’) already serves as a pretty good introduction to the world’s third largest wild cat. Jaguars are capable of tackling the biggest predators of their home range in South America.

Did you know that the ‘Panthera onca’ was originally home to the southwest US all the way to northern Argentina? However, today’s jaguar population has drastically decreased by 40%, mainly due to deforestation. Most of the remaining population nowadays is based near the Amazon River basin in South America. But that’s not all! Read our facts about jaguars below to learn more about these spotty predators.

Brazilian Pantanal: The jaguar

1. They’re excellent swimmers

It’s common knowledge that cats usually avoid water as best they can. This does not apply to jaguars! The patterned wild cats are actually excellent swimmers and always stay close to water bodies such as rivers and lakes. Jaguars have successfully adapated to wet environments and have no problem with crossing large rivers, which definitely serves as an advantage when hunting prey.

2. Don’t mess with them – Jaguars have the strongest bite of all wild cats

Talking about hunting prey, jaguars are opportunistic hunters – and not picky ones either! Their meal plan is extensive, and on the list are all kinds of prey they come across ranging from capybaras and monkeys to tortoises and caimans. Even the tapir, South America’s largest animal, is not safe from these both diurnal and nocturnal hunters! In fact, jaguars have the strongest jaw of all big cats. Their powerful teeth enable them to take down massive prey with a bite straight through the skull. While jaguars mostly hunt on the ground, they can also climb trees and were seen jumping on their prey!

3. 101 – How to tell jaguars and leopards apart

Jaguar or leopard? People commonly have trouble distinguishing between these two rather similar wild cats. However, the differences are easy to name, the main one being their circular markings. Jaguars have black spots in most of the fragmented rosettes covering their strong bodies, whereas leopards don’t. On top of that, jaguars have a stockier build with bigger heads and shorter legs than leopards.

If you’re still unsure if you’re encountering a leopard or a jaguar, check which continent you’re on! While jaguars are based in South America, wild leopards can only be found in Africa and Asia.

4. Saw or jaguar?

Thanks to an elastic ligament behind their nose and mouth, jaguars don’t purr like domestic cats but are actually able to roar. Both males and females roar (even though the males’ roar is usually louder), which helps to bring them together during mating season. The jaguar’s typical call is also often referred to as ‘saw’ since it sounds like someone sawing a piece of wood in one direction only.

5. The black sheep of the Amazon

Did you know there are black jaguars? About 10% of the jaguar’s population has a melanistic coat with nearly invisible black spots due to a single dominant allele in the jaguar’s evolution. These plack jaguars mainly appear in Costa Rica. While scientists are still not too sure about the reason behind it, they assume this mutation happened due to camouflage advantages.

6. Conversation status: Near threatened

As mentioned earlier, the jaguars have dramatically declined in population, especially in recent years as a result of deforestation for cattle ranching and logging. By now, the conversation status of the big cats is near threatened as half of them have been eliminated from their historic territory. Since 2016, jaguars are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Deforestation, poaching, and loss of wild prey are the major human-caused threats for jaguars, resulting in drastically shrinking territories. According to WWF, this has led to the little remaining global population of estimated 173.000 jaguars.

Jaguar in a river in the jungle in Brazil, South America

With this even share of fun and serious facts about jaguars, we hope to have contributed to your daily dose of new knowledge. If you are interested in learning more about South America’s wildlife, check out our website.

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Top 10 Strongest Cats

brown and black tiger on focus photography


The tiger is the strongest and largest member of the big cat family, with powerful jaws, sharp teeth, muscular legs, sharp claws, and strong survival skills.


2. Liger

The liger, a hybrid of a male lion and female tiger, is the largest big cat with the strength of a lion and size/speed of a tiger, but males are sterile, and it doesn’t occur naturally in the wild.

adult lion walking beside tree

3. Lion

The lion is the second largest and strongest member of the big cat family, with a bite force of 650 psi, and is known for its pack hunting behavior and powerful roar, which can be heard up to 5 miles away.

adult leopard lying on rock

4. Jaguar

The jaguar is the strongest wild cat in terms of its jaws, with a bite force of 2,000psi, which can break turtle shells, pierce the skin and skull of cayman, and drag the alligatorid out of the water and onto land.

brown and black leopard on brown tree branch during daytime

5. Leopard

The leopard, a living member of the Panthera genus, is the strongest wild cat in terms of climbing ability and fighting skills, with a powerful bite force and greater agility than larger, stronger opponents.

cougar on brown rock formation

6. Cougar

The cougar, fourth largest cat in the world, is an ambush predator and lacks the specialized larynx for roaring.

long fur gray cat

7. Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is America’s cat, known for its size, muscular build, expert vermin hunting ability, and hardy constitution adapted for harsh, cold weather.


8. Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a muscular breed with fast reflexes and a heavy coat, found in Norwegian forests and possibly used as mousers for Vikings.

shallow focus photography of brown cat

9. Bengal

The Bengal, an exotic hybrid, is the most powerful cat in terms of stamina and physical strength due to its ancestry, and requires a lot of exercise to burn off energy.


10. Chausie

The Chausie, a hybrid between wild jungle cats and domestic cats, is a strong cat breed that enjoys water and has high physical strength, with the second generation having the most strength.

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