What are the top 3 most powerful big cats?

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What are the top 3 most powerful big cats?

Big cats are some of the most fearsome creatures in existence, but not all of them are created equal when it comes to raw power. In this article, we’ll take a look at three of the strongest big cats and rank them from least powerful to most powerful. This list only includes big cats that have been proven to exist and does not include any extinct big cats. Without further ado, let’s get started!


Panthera Leo (lion)

The king of all big cats is also one of the largest felin in existence. The lion is a highly social animal that lives in groups known as prides. This big cat can be found across southern and eastern Africa, but its range once included Europe and Asia. Males are typically heavier than females, weighing up to 500 pounds (225 kilograms).

Females weigh up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms). Lions hunt alone or with pride members in pursuit of antelope, zebras, wildebeest and other large animals for food. Males defend their territory from other male lions, but females generally do not leave home except to breed.


Panthera Tigris (tiger)

The Bengal tiger is a pantherine species native to parts of Asia. Their habitat ranges from India and Nepal in South Asia, across southeast Asia to Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Tigers live in a wide range of habitats and altitudes but they require sufficient prey density and large home ranges.

Over much of their range they are endangered due to human activity while in some countries like India their numbers have increased after major conservation efforts from local people.

Tigers are apex predators; meaning that they occupy an ecological niche at the top of their food chain and direct important functions in nature by eating only herbivores such as deer, bovids and wild pigs. Although large, males remain solitary except for breeding attempts which tend to be unsuccessful because of low female populations (only two percent), high infant mortality rates (40 percent) and multiple paternity issues with litter mates killing each other's cubs (about 30 percent).

So despite being ferocious hunters with no natural enemies aside from humans it's not easy for them to find mates when there aren't enough tigers out there.


Acinonyx Jubatus (cheetah)

The fastest land animal in history, cheetahs can reach speeds of 70 mph (112 kph). That speed comes at a cost, though. Cheetahs are extremely fragile and easily injured. Furthermore, their high metabolism requires them to eat as much as 20 pounds (9 kg) of meat daily.

To put that in perspective, only one wild cheetah has ever been documented eating that much food over such a short period of time—and it died shortly after. For these reasons, among others, it's unlikely that we'll ever see cheetahs competing at the Olympics or serving on SWAT teams around the world.

With all those limitations, it might seem that acinonyx jubatus isn't as formidable as other big cats out there; but what makes cheetahs unique is how well they're able to exploit their strengths by working together. Working collectively, there are very little predators can do to stop them from hunting down prey. If there were an Olympiad for teamwork, these guys would be gold medalists for sure!



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