Many big cats such as lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars cannot purr because of a strip of cartilage that runs from the hyoid bones to the skull. The only big cat that purrs but cannot roar is the cheetah, which biologists place in a genus on its own, Acinonyx.
Smaller cats such as the ocelot, bobcat, cougar and lynx are able to purr. Purring ability is one of the major factors that separates the two main genera of cats, Felis and Panthera. Purring is enabled by delicate bones that connect the back of the tongue to the base of the skull.Learn More
There are many differences between lions and tigers, including coat differences and different habitats. Lions and tigers are also different sizes, and raise their young differently.Full Answer >
Lions are one of the largest members of the cat family. Because of their unique physical features, lions are known as the "king of beasts."Full Answer >
Lions are native to southern and sub-Saharan east Africa and small parts of India. At one time, lions roamed other parts of Asia and Europe, and they are now on the IUCN Red List because they are vulnerable to extinction.Full Answer >
A male lion will usually sleep 18 to 20 hours per day. However, after eating a big meal, it is possible for a lion to sleep a full 24 hours. Female lions usually sleep 15 to 18 hours per day.Full Answer >