Top 5 Rarest Big Cats

Tansingh Tulsieram

1.) The Maltese Tiger-

This Blue tiger has mostly been seen in the Fujian providence of China. If you are the rare indiviual to spot these tigers you wont be mistaken due to their blue fur with dark stripes.

2.) The Golden Tabby Tiger-

The golden tiger has its white coat and gold patches due to an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene. Around 30 tigers are believed to exist in the world but many more are carriers of the gene. The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard colored Bengal tigers.

3.) The Iberian Lynx

The Iberian Lynx currently holds the record for being world’s most threatened species of cat, and the most threatened carnivore in Europe. The world’s most endangered cat in terms of species only 100 remain.

4.) Amur Leopard

This is the rarest subspecies of leopard, and closely competing for the title of the rarest cat on Earth. Amur leopards are very distinct from other leopards, having long legs and hair, which allows them to live in cold areas. There are fewer than 50 leopards left in the wild and around 200 in captivity, mostly found in zoos in North America and throughout Europe. On April 16, 2007 a female was shot and killed by hunters, leaving only six females left in the wild.

5.) White Lion (Panthera leo krugeri)

For centuries, rumors about the white lion spread from South Africa all over the world. It was not until 1975 that actual sightings confirmed this mysterious cat’s existence.The white color is explained by a rare color mutation, namely a recessive gene known as chinchilla or color inhibitor, perpetuated by many zoos in the world. The population of the white lion is not exactly known but the most recent count was in 2004, showing that 300 were alive at the time.

As the number of these Cats become fewer and fewer its our job as animal lovers to stop these numbers from going down and prevent them from becoming extinct.