Indian Cats

India is a subcontinent with a vast variety of landscapes, offering an expansive range of habitats. These multitude of habitats provide homes to all 15 cat species that are part of the Indian fauna. Each species of cat is of importance to its own ecosystems by keeping the populations of its prey animals healthy.

 

 

Lion

Lion

Lions are the iconic big cat. We all know what they looks like. Its social structure of living in prides is unique among cats. Their majestic appearance is emphasized by the mane of the males.

Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat

The Fishing Cat is, as its name implies, an excellent fisher. Living in the wetland areas of Southern Asia, fish is its preferred food source but the cat still eats plenty of small mammals and reptiles as well. Sri Lanka is a great place to see one in the wild.

Rusty-Spotted Cat

Rusty-Spotted Cat

One of the smallest of the cats the Rusty-spotted Cat is also one of the most active. However, given its habitat in the jungles of Sri Lanka and India, it is rarely seen.

Caracal

Caracal

One of the most beautiful cats, the Caracal (caracal caracal) is more than just a pretty face. It is supremely adaptable and is known for its extreme jumping capability.

Tiger

Tiger

The Tiger needs no introduction. The largest of the cat family is found throughout Asia but the majority of the population is found in India. The conservation efforts of the last years have been most successful in India where some of the national parks are ‘overflowing’ with tigers.

Asiatic Golden Cat

Asiatic Golden Cat

Discover the elusive Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii), a remarkable and solitary feline thriving in the dense forests of Southeast Asia. Known for its stunning golden coat and diverse color morphs, this secretive cat plays a crucial role in its ecosystem.

India is separated from the rest of Asia by the Himalayas to the north, the mountains and jungles of Myanmar to the west and the desert of Pakistan to the east. Due to these barriers, many animals developed subspecies that are only found here. One example is the Bengal Tiger, which is not its own species.

 

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