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Attack of the Big Cats

The snow leopard (Uncia uncia) is a rare, beautiful cat native to the Central Asian mountains. They appear to be in dramatic decline, due mainly to illegal poaching and revenge killings, as well as vanishing habitat and declining populations of their prey. There are only about 6,000 left in the wild.

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There may be nearly 40 different species of wild cat running around, but only a few make it into the big cat club, including the lion, tiger, leopard, and jaguar. They're armed with an arsenal of weapons and bulk to back up one hell of an attitude. In their world, nothing is small and many things are surprising. So get ready for a vicious lesson on what makes a big cat a big cat. Is it the roar? The teeth? We'll take a look at their size, speed, claws and hunting capabilities, among so much more.