Large predators that can be seen in zoos. Unfortunately, their appearance often arouses no emotions other than pity. In the wild they look completely different. They are beautiful animals that inspire admiration and fear at the same time.
Wolves are distributed all over the world: Europe, Asia, North and South America. In Russia, they are found only in the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin.
The maximum height of the wolf - 85 centimeters, weight - 50 kilograms. Bergman's rule applies: "The harsher the habitat, the bigger the animal". Wolves are very similar to dogs. This is most likely why people like them so much.
The average life span is 8 to 16 years. In captivity, they live much longer. There are many different species, their representatives will differ from each other in size and coloration.
Not for nothing lions are called the kings of beasts, they look magnificent. Representatives of the feline family are quite large, in size inferior only to tigers. Body weight - up to 250 kilograms, length - 2.5 meters.
Males are much larger and differ from females by their luxurious mane. Females do not have such an ornament, but no less beautiful. On average, lions live up to 15 years, they inhabit only two continents, Asia and Africa.
Lions gather in small flocks of 5-6 animals. In many European and Asian cultures they symbolize courage, power, strength, reliability and justice. This reputation is largely due to their majestic appearance.
4. Red Panda
Most people in the world are crazy about pandas. They are like big soft toys. Regular pandas are discussed below, but now we will focus on red pandas. They are much smaller in size, usually no larger than a domestic big cat, with a maximum weight of 6.2 kilograms.
They have an unusual coloring - red, brown, hazel. Moreover, the lower part of the body is much darker than the upper. White muzzle, mask (like a raccoon), black nose - these animals are very cute and cuddly.
Life expectancy in captivity - up to 10 years, habitat Nepal, South China, Bhutan.
The red panda is very interesting to watch, their habits are somewhat reminiscent of bear habits. They can stand on their hind legs and get funny angry.
These animals are called bamboo bears because pandas eat exclusively bamboo. They are included in the "beauty rankings" because of their amazing coloration. The body is covered with thick white fur. Their paws, shoulder and neck area, as well as the spots around the eyes are black.
They are rather large, up to 180 centimeters in height and 160 kilograms in weight. Habitat - the western part of China, Sichuan, the Tibetan mountains. The average life expectancy is 20 years.
Pandas are in the Red Book, these rare animals are protected.
For reference: in China, killing a panda is punishable by death.
Again, cats, a predatory mammal with an original spotted coloration. Cheetahs are found in the Middle East and in many African countries. They are very different from their relatives in other feline families.
Cheetahs have a very fragile body and no fatty deposits. An adult animal weighs from 45 to 60 pounds, the height varies from 75 to 90 centimeters. The average life expectancy is 20 years.
Cheetahs are not only beautiful, they have many other advantages. For example, they are excellent "athletes". Cheetahs run very fast, for 3 seconds, the animal can speed up to 110 km / hr. The animal can easily outrun a sports car.
The panther's calling card is its deep black color. They are actually leopards, but scientists separate them into a separate species for a number of reasons. If you look closely, you can see that the animal is actually spotted.
Panthers live in dense forests, the dark color of their fur makes them almost invisible.
Their habitat is the African continent, Asia, South America. They do not live long, only 10 - 12 years. They are up to 70 centimeters tall and weigh 30 to 40 kilograms.
Panthers differ from the classic leopards not only in appearance but also in behavior. They are very aggressive.
Panthers are excellent hunters. They have no fear of humans. Hungry panthers, unlike many other animals, are not afraid to enter a populated area.