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Unfortunately, most of these animals are in great need of help and face an uncertain future. This is the inspiration behind our project!  Our mission is to spread awareness about these animals and to raise money for animal charities that help to protect wildlife across the globe.

Meet the Exotics

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Lion (Panthera leo)

The King of the Jungle inhabits large parts of the African continent, from South Africa to the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania and some small populations remaining in West Africa. There is also a small population of Asiatic lions which live in the Gir forest in Northern India. This is a fraction of their former habitat where they used to inhabit all of the African continent (apart from the Sahara desert), a large part of the Indian subcontinent and much of southern Europe.

The Lion population has decreased dramatically in the past 100 years but especially in the past 30-40 years. Their numbers have been reduced to around 20,000 today compared to 200,000, 100 years ago.

The threats they face like all of the animals on the list are; poaching, habitat destruction and competition with humans for food.

Lions are the second biggest cat in terms of size and weight, with males weighing up to an incredible 500 pounds (225kg)!

 

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

The tiger takes the crown for the largest cat species still alive today. The Siberian or Amur tiger which inhabits parts of the Russian far east, Northern China and possibly parts of North Korea. There are 6 subspecies of tiger with the Bengal tiger being the most common. The tiger's current habitat today is parts of the Indian subcontinent, the Indochinese peninsula, Sumatra and the Russian far east with populations being sparse throughout these areas. Their habitat was once much larger with stable populations ranging from Turkey throughout the whole of the Indian subcontinent to the sea of Japan. 


Tiger populations have made somewhat of a comeback in the past 10 years or so, mainly in India where great protections have been put in place and natural ‘corridors’ between habitats have been established to allow for better connectivity between breeding populations. However, their numbers are still staggeringly low compared to what they were, with around 4500 remaining today compared to 100,000, 100 years ago.

The Siberian tiger can measure upto 11ft in length and weigh 700 pounds, easily making it the world's biggest cat!

 

Lynx (Lynxes)

There are 4 subspecies of the Lynx family; The Canadian, The Eurasian, The Iberian and The Bobcat. This is one of the few animals in our collection which is not a threatened species, but one we had to include because of its majestic features.

The Eurasian Lynx inhabits large parts of Europe and Asia and  is the largest of the 4 subspecies and can weigh up to 65 pounds. The smallest is the Iberian Lynx which lives in parts of Spain and Portugal. The Canadian Lynx as you may have guessed makes its home in Canada and the bobcat lives south of the Border in the USA.

Their most distinctive feature is the black tips they have sitting proudly on top of their ears, the true purpose of this is still unknown. The Lynx is a versatile hunter and can survive off many different types of prey including; deer, mice, turkeys, birds, foxes, hares, goats and many more.

 

 

Wolf (Canis lupus)

The wolf is the largest of the canine family and is one of the most versatile species in the world. It was once hunted to the brink of extinction in the United States as it was viewed as a pest with hunters being given a bounty reward for killing one. Their numbers have bounced back rather well since being given protection in many States across the US.

Global wolf population estimates are around 200,000 individuals which sounds good, but this compares to an estimated 2 million just a couple of centuries ago. Wolves' current distribution ranges from the North American continent to the Eurasian continent and down into the Indian subcontinent.

The gray wolf is the largest wolf subspecies and can stand as tall as 85cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 90kg. They work in packs to bring down prey much larger than themselves, with a large adult wolf pack being able to bring down an adult moose weighing up to 1500 pounds.



 

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

The Polar Bear is the largest bear species as well as the largest living land carnivore. An adult male can weigh up to 1500 pounds and stand up to 8ft tall on their hind legs. Their native range mainly lies within the arctic circle and they spend most of their lives on the sea ice.

Polar bears have made somewhat of a comeback since the 1950s where they were almost hunted to extinction. Their numbers now sit at around 25000 individuals, however, they are now facing the even greater threat of climate change, reducing the sea ice they use to hunt on.

Polar bears have a fairly narrow diet which mainly consists of a variety of different seal species. Although Polar bears are great swimmers, they rarely catch the seals in the sea and instead wait until the seals surface for air.

 

 

 

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

The Jaguar is the third largest cat species in the world behind the Lion and Tiger and is the biggest cat in South America. Its distinctive marked coat features its pale yellow to light brown colored fur covered by spots that transition to rosettes on the sides.

It has one of the most powerful bites of the animal kingdom which allows it to crush through the shells of tortoises and turtles. Its immense bite force actually results in it having one of the more unusual killing methods in the animal kingdom. It delivers a killer bite to its mammalian prey between the ears providing a fatal blow to the brain.

It inhabits the southernmost part of Arizona, through Mexico and central America and down to south america in the amazon rainforest. It still faces many threats including poaching as they are prized for their beautiful fur but their main threat comes in the form of habitat loss. Their numbers today are estimated to be around 18,000 individuals, reduced from 400000 in pre-colonial times.

 

Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

The Brown, or as it's known in the US, the Grizzly bear is the second largest bear species after the Polar bear. It is spread through a much more diverse range, compared to its larger cousin, across North America and large parts of Eurasia. Along with the American black bear, it is the only bear subspecies which is not classified as a threatened species, largely due to its diverse nature. It has however been expirated from much of its former range in Europe and parts of the southern US, Mexico and central America.

Brown bears can greatly vary in size but a fully grown adult male bear can weigh up to an impressive 600 pounds. The Brown bear is known for being one of the most omnivorous animals in the world, consuming a wide variety of food sources including, salmon, deer, moose, mushrooms, berries, grasses, flowers, acorns and much more. Interestingly, despite their reputation as big meat eaters, it is thought that 90% of their diet comes from vegetable matter.

The population of Brown bears in the world today number around 200000, most of which reside in Russia (120000) and then the US (32500).

 


 

African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)

The African Wild dog is the largest canine species to inhabit the African continent, however, is much smaller compared to its much larger cousin, the wolf. It is a highly sociable animal, living in packs numbering as many as 30 individuals and interestingly males usually outnumber females 3:1.  The pack is led by an alpha male and female who lead the pack.

They are the bulkiest of all the canine species on the African continent, measuring up to 75cm at the shoulder and weighing up to 70lbs (32kg). They usually hunt prey much larger than themselves as they can use their strength as a pack to take down large antelope prey species. They have one of the most successful kill rates of all predators with approximately 60% of their hunts resulting in success.

They are one of the most endangered of all the species on our list with only 6600 individuals left in Africa today. They used to number in the hundreds of thousands and ranged across most of the continent.


 

 

 

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

The fastest land animal in the world, the Cheetah can clock speeds of 70mph at full throttle, allowing it to catch some of the fastest and most agile prey species in Africa. It’s unique and well known spotted fur makes it one of the most recognizable animals in the world.

Its build is much more slight than some of the big cats also native to Africa and often gets out-competed for food by them. It can stand 90cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 160 pounds (72kg). Prey species are usually medium in size such as the Thompson Gazelle, Impala or Springbok.

There is contention whether the Cheetah classifies as a big cat; some would argue it is not due to its inability to roar. The Lion, Leopard and Jaguar can all roar whilst the Cheetan can only hiss.

Cheetahs used to inhabit the whole of the African continent and large  parts of Asia (The asiatic cheetah). However, due to pressures from humans including habitat loss and poaching their distribution and population size have plummeted.  There are an estimated 7000 individuals left, most of which live in Africa, however there are around 50 individuals which live in remote regions of Iran.


 

Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)

Last but certainly not least is the Snow Leopard. This elegant member of the feline family has a distinct look about it, with its thick patterned-colored fur and long tail which it uses for balance when chasing agile prey down a mountain. It usually lives in alpine and subalpine habitats, residing in altitudes above 9000 ft.

It is a medium sized cat, weighing between 50-120 lbs (22-55kg) and standing 55cm at the shoulder. Its main food source is wild goats and sheep and will often chase them on high speed pursuits along steep cliff faces using its long tail for balance.

 

The snow leopard is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list due to being fewer than 10,000 mature individuals left in the wild. The main threats they face are illegal poaching as they are prized for their fur, habitat destruction as well as a steep reduction in prey species.