There are nine big cats, the Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Leopard, Cheetah, Puma, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard and the Onza. The first four felines in the list above are bigger than last five. Big cats are carnivores, which simply means they eat meat. Big cats are threatened by habitat destruction and illegal hunting, and are even hunted and shot for sport by trophy hunters. Big cats are also threatened by illegal exotic 'pet' trade. Even today, an estimated 15,000 big cats are kept in domestic captivity in the USA alone.
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Cheetahs are captured for the exotic 'pet' trade and shot for their fur. These are the biggest threats they have to deal with.
Lions are threatened by hunters and poison every day.
Nowadays people hunt at leopards cause leopards hunt at cattles and domestic livestock.
Tiger populations have fallen by 95% over the last century. Illegal hunting and trade in tiger parts, as well as habitat destruction ask for urgent measures to save this magnificent animal.