Quiz: Which Endangered Big Cat Are You?
These gorgeous big cats are some of the most endangered species on Earth. We see their pictures everywhere, so we may not always realize how threatened these species are. In fact, there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild. You can learn a bit more about rare cats by taking our quiz. Which big cat are you most like?
Do you prefer spots or stripes or neither?
Do you prefer vigorous swimming, mildly treading water, or neither?
A) Enthusiastic swimmer
B) Splashing and having fun in the water
C) True cat — don’t like being in water AT ALL
What kind of weather do you prefer?
A) Freezing cold
B) Hot, humid summers and cool winters
C) Equatorial climate — typically hot with wet and dry seasons
How do you feel about traveling?
A) You like to roam about
B) It's difficult to catch you in one place
C) You don't travel much outside your comfort zone
What are your eating habits like?
A) Eat a lot over a long period
B) Don't eat too much
C) Eat a lot at one time
See how you scored:
The amur leopard (also known as the Far East leopard, Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard) is the most endangered big cat species on Earth. Though most leopards are found in the African savannas, these are located in the area overlapping southeast Russia and northeast China. There are only 20-25 left in the wild and they are at great risk from poaching, forest degradation, and inbreeding.
The Florida panther (or cougar) used to be found throughout southeast USA but now can only be found in the southern tip of Florida. There are less than 100 found in the wild today due to poaching, human interference, and the alligator, their main predator.
The Sumatran tiger is located on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. It can be found in wild forests or near low-lying swamps. There are less than 400 individuals found in the wild, 600 less than the population estimate in 1978. The main threats to this species are human encroachment and logging.
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Ailsa Sachdev is an editorial intern at Sierra. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College and spent the last semester reporting on witchcraft in Morocco. She is passionate about food and travel, and knows "I'm hungry" in over 10 languages.