Most of us are familiar with the big cats of the world. Tigers, lions, cheetahs, cougars and jaguars are staples of any zoo and we see plenty of them in photos. But what about the smaller cats that live in the wild?
It may come as a surprise that there are many species of smaller felines that can still be found in the wild. Here are a few of the most interesting ones:
1. Sand cat – Native to Northwest Africa and parts of Asia, the sand cat lives in both stony and sandy deserts.
2. Canadian lynx – The Canadian lynx is found throughout Canada and some parts of the United States. They have highly adapted to living and hunting in cold, snow-filled climates.
3. Black-footed cat – Black-footed cats don’t grow much larger than your average house cat. They are native to the southern regions of Africa and mostly eat small rodents and birds.
4. Pallas’ cat – Pallas’ cats love to live at the foot of mountains. They are becoming increasingly rare, but can still be found in Central Asia.
5. Caracal – Caracals are a common sight in the grasslands of Africa and South Asia.
6. Clouded leopard – Clouded leopards are a threatened species found in some parts of China and Southeastern Asia.