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Quiz about Wild Cats of the World
Quiz about Wild Cats of the World

Wild Cats of the World Trivia Quiz


How much do you know about wild cats? Take this quiz and find out.

A photo quiz by nmerr. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
nmerr
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
380,467
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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902
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Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. This unusual-looking felid can be found in the lowlands of northern Mexico extending as far south as Brazil and Argentina. Known for its short legs, long slender body, and lack of markings, which wild cat is it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. With a colorful blend of stripes and spots, this wild cat is one of the most beautiful. Its habitat includes parts of the U.S. southwest extending down to the South American countries of Brazil and Argentina. Name this nocturnal carnivore. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The lynx can be easily identified by its black tufted ears. There are four species of lynx. Which species is well adapted to cold climates and has the scientific name Lynx canadensis? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This big cat belongs to the genus Panthera. Quite formidable at chasing prey, it's the largest carnivore in Africa and second largest cat. Don't let your pride get in the way of guessing which cat it is. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Relative to its size, which African wild cat has the largest ears of any felid? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The scientific name for this cat is Felis margarita. The true desert is its home. Resembling a domesticated house cat, name this sand-colored species. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Closely related to the ocelot, this wild cat's distinctive features are its large eyes and very long tail. Which of the following cats is it? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Of all the big cats, this one has the largest distribution of any wild cat. It is also the smallest of the big cats. Known for its golden fur covered in spots, which of the big cats is it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. It's the largest and heaviest of all cats. With its distinctive reddish fur covered in stripes, name this powerful predator. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Sometimes known as Steppe cat, this heavily coated wild cat is well adapted to cold climates of Mongolia, Russia, and China. A distinguishing characteristic has to do with the eyes. Instead of having pupils that are slits, this cat's pupils are round. Name this distinctive-looking felid. Hint



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1. This unusual-looking felid can be found in the lowlands of northern Mexico extending as far south as Brazil and Argentina. Known for its short legs, long slender body, and lack of markings, which wild cat is it?

Answer: jaguarundi

Although solitary in the wild, jaguarundis communicate well in social groups, primarily by scent-marking. These cats forage mainly on the ground but can climb to low-hanging tree branches. Mostly active during the day, jaguarundis feed on small animals such as rodents and rabbits.
2. With a colorful blend of stripes and spots, this wild cat is one of the most beautiful. Its habitat includes parts of the U.S. southwest extending down to the South American countries of Brazil and Argentina. Name this nocturnal carnivore.

Answer: ocelot

Unlike most cats, ocelots will swim in water to hunt for prey. They will also climb trees, especially if birds attract their attention. Their natural habitat is as diverse as the countries they inhabit: wetlands and brushlands. Ocelot fur is highly prized among hunters and as such this beautiful species has become endangered.
3. The lynx can be easily identified by its black tufted ears. There are four species of lynx. Which species is well adapted to cold climates and has the scientific name Lynx canadensis?

Answer: Canada lynx

The habitat of the Canada lynx is not limited to the forests of Canada. It can also be found in Alaska and other northern U.S. states. Along with its tufted ears, it can easily be identified by a double-pointed beard and short tail. With strong, sturdy legs and fur-coated paws, the Canada lynx can travel long distances in the snow.

This felid is well known for having superb vision. Its diet mainly consists of snowshoe hares but also includes birds and rodents.
4. This big cat belongs to the genus Panthera. Quite formidable at chasing prey, it's the largest carnivore in Africa and second largest cat. Don't let your pride get in the way of guessing which cat it is.

Answer: lion

Whether a lion is male or female is not hard to figure out since the male is the one with the mane. Why do male lions have manes? The short answer is nobody knows for sure. Biologists have studied lions in the wild and have discovered that lions attack other lions from the rear, which tends to disprove the theory that the mane offers neck protection. Lions hunt in prides and eat pretty much whatever they want, from insects to beached whale carcasses. Prey also includes zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and warthogs. Lions are highly social creatures and are rarely alone. One exception is when the female leaves the pride to give birth.
5. Relative to its size, which African wild cat has the largest ears of any felid?

Answer: serval

Tall and lean with long legs and a short tail, the serval belongs to its own genus: Leptailurus. Endemic to Africa, this felid can be found in grasslands and in open patches near forests. The serval is capable of climbing trees and uses its large ears to listen for prey, usually small animals. Servals breed year round. Like many wild cats, the serval has become endangered from habitat loss.
6. The scientific name for this cat is Felis margarita. The true desert is its home. Resembling a domesticated house cat, name this sand-colored species.

Answer: sand cat

The sand cat can be found in North Africa and Central Asia. It's hard to imagine any mammal adapting to extreme desert temperatures but this species manages to do so amazingly well. Small in stature with a wide head and short ears and legs, this felid has thick fur on its paws to protect it from the hot sand. Dark bands appear on the limbs, especially the upper forelegs.

The sand cat forages at night (to avoid the hot temperatures of daytime) and during the day in colder seasons. It feeds on rodents and small vertebrates.
7. Closely related to the ocelot, this wild cat's distinctive features are its large eyes and very long tail. Which of the following cats is it?

Answer: margay

The margay sports even more markings than the ocelot. It has large paws in proportion to its size but is smaller in size than the ocelot. The long muscular tail helps in balance. The margay can be found in Mexico and the South American countries of Paraguay and Uruguay. Like other wild cats, the margay preys on rodents. Larger prey includes common oppossum and Brazilian rabbits as well as lizards and frogs.

The margay forages at night and is equally at home on the ground or in trees. In fact, the margay is one of the best tree climbers of all wild cats.
8. Of all the big cats, this one has the largest distribution of any wild cat. It is also the smallest of the big cats. Known for its golden fur covered in spots, which of the big cats is it?

Answer: leopard

There are nine species of leopards: Sri Lankan, Indian, Anatolian, Persian, Javan, snow, clouded, Arabian and Amur (Far East). From the forests of Russia to scrubland and semi-deserts, the leopard adjusts well to varying climates and terrain. It feeds on a wide variety of prey. Small mammals, birds, fish, wild boars, warthogs, and gazelles are all food for this hungry cat.
9. It's the largest and heaviest of all cats. With its distinctive reddish fur covered in stripes, name this powerful predator.

Answer: tiger

There are nine subspecies of tigers, three of which are extinct: Bali, Javan, and Caspian. Like the leopard, the tiger lives in a variety of climates and terrains. Unlike the lion, a tiger is solitary and territorial. These territories are marked by spraying vegetation and leaving behind scat. In regards to reproduction, gestation lasts 95-107 days and the resulting litter is usually two to five cubs. Tigers are nocturnal hunters and quite fearless. They will attack and eat everything from hares and badgers to deer and even crocodiles.
10. Sometimes known as Steppe cat, this heavily coated wild cat is well adapted to cold climates of Mongolia, Russia, and China. A distinguishing characteristic has to do with the eyes. Instead of having pupils that are slits, this cat's pupils are round. Name this distinctive-looking felid.

Answer: Pallas's cat

Besides being really fluffy, this cat looks different from other wild cats. Black spots cover its forehead and the tail is bushy with stripes and a black tip. Its winter coat is gray in color while the summer coat has reddish tones with more noticeable markings. Since the Pallas's cat is not good at running, it has an interesting survival technique.

In order to avoid detection from prey it will flatten itself on the ground and lie completely still. Whatever works!
Source: Author nmerr

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