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Mountain lions can jump a vertical distance of up to 15 feet and a horizontal distance of 40 feet.

Mountain lions can jump a vertical distance of up to 15 feet and a horizontal distance of 40 feet. (View larger version)

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  • Lions are so strong that they can take down a cape buffalo which can weigh up to a ton.

  • Lions are pack hunters. One pride of lions in Tanzania is suspected of killing over 1,500 people.

  • Mountain lions can jump a vertical distance of up to 15 feet and a horizontal distance of 40 feet.

  • The length of a cougar's jaw and the size of their jaw closing muscles give them a particularly deadly bite. Cougars are known for attacking their victims with a fatal death bite on the neck.

  • Lions roar to maintain territory, attract mates, establish dominance and communicate with each other.

  • Lions have been reported to number as many as 40 in a pride.

  • White lions do exist. They are a special morph of lion that can be found with a genetic condition called leucism. It is akin to melanism.

  • Black leopards and black jaguars are both categorized as black panthers. It is genetics that cause them to be melanistic.

  • Tigers have been known to swim from island to island in search of food. They are very strong swimmers and have been known to swim over 15 miles.

  • According to the CDC, 52 people were reported being bitten by macaque monkeys between 1990 to 1997. This number is speculated as being low though as the CDC reports that owners are often reluctant to report injuries due to fear of animal confiscation.

  • 80 to 90 percent of all macaque monkeys are infected with Herpes B-virus or Simian B virus, which while harmless in monkeys is fatal in humans.

  • Macaques use 17 different vocal patterns to communicate.

  • Macaques have been recorded to live to be up to 40 years old when properly cared for in captivity.
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