A new Zoobooks issue is going to be pouncing on you in just a few days. We’re going to guess that some of the information in this Big Cats issue won’t be new to you: maybe you already know, for example, that a lion’s roar can carry for more than five miles, and that female lions do most of the hunting.

It may surprise you, though, to learn that one of the bigger felines in the cat family–the cougar (also known as a mountain lion)–is not considered a big cat at all, but is classified as a little cat. One of the reasons it is a little cat is that it cannot roar, as other big cats do. Or, we should say, as MOST other big cats do. Cheetahs and snow leopards, both big cats, can’t roar either. How did they get assigned the big cat classification while cougars were left out? The answer has to do with their DNA, but also with more subjective debate among scientists.

To the ancient people of South America, the strength and beauty of the jaguar qualified it as one of the highest gods. A jaguar’s strength is truly astonishing. The largest jaguar on record weighed only 350 pounds, but jaguars have been seen dragging full grown horses for more than a mile.

When your Big Cats issue arrives, you’ll discover lots more little-known facts that we have not included here. We’d enjoy hearing which one is your favorite!

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