Tetrapod Zoology

Big cats on holiday

No time for anything substantive, but here’s a montage featuring some of the stuff we’ve been looking at while on holiday. Some of the cats here are rather unusual: the tiger in the middle of the top row was a Siberian x Chinese hybrid.


Getting good photos of the jaguars proved not so easy (see bottom right).


  1. #1 Neil
    August 21, 2009

    Nice set of photos. I always find tigers walk up and down by the nearest fence, so you cant focus through it, as youve shon in 3 of your photos.

  2. #2 Dartian
    August 21, 2009

    the tiger in the middle of the top row was a Siberian x Chinese hybrid

    You mean a cross between altaica and amoyensis?

  3. #3 Sordes
    August 21, 2009

    When I was at the Berlin Tierpark I have seen some very interesting big cats too. There were Siberian tigers, Chinese Tigers and Sumatran Tigers. The two last ones were especially nice, as they had very dense stripes and even some small black spots between the stripes, and the small Sumatran tigers had also enormous cheek-beards. They have even Indian lions, but sadly I have only seen a female. Furthermore there are black leopards, Amur leopards, normal and black jaguars, clouded leopards and many more cool and rare felids. Sadly it is often extremely hard to make photos, cause of the latticework. They have also spotted hyenas, brown hyenas (havenĀ“t seen them sadly, as well as the wolverines), dholes and much much more. And in the Berlin Zoo (the other zoo in Berlin), there are even such striking animals like fossas, vampire-bats or aardvarks.

  4. #4 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
    August 21, 2009

    My best jaguar photos are from rather sausage-shaped ones from a zoo in Villahermosa in southern Mexico.

  5. #5 Sebastian Marquez
    August 21, 2009

    Is the coat pattern on that lion paler than normal?

  6. #6 jck
    August 21, 2009

    Is the tiger at the top right doing what I think it’s doing?

  7. #7 DDeden
    August 22, 2009

    Toot: Pterosaur at my blog, The ARC, in regards to the forced closure (Aug. 30) of the local Humboldt County California, North Coast Natural History Museum at Humboldt Bay, associated with Humboldt State Univ. Just saying, if there are any rich fat cats around, ggrrowll), welcome to donate a few pence to their survival fund.
    They’re not quite extinct yet, but its getting close! Thank you.

  8. #8 DDeden
    August 22, 2009

    Toot! Since its calm at Tet Zoo… Any rich fat cats prowling & growling by? Stop at my blog The Arc to see an extinct pterosaur and endangered Humboldt State Uni. Natural History Museum, maybe send a few pence their way, tis a good if small cause, in the mist of the redwoods. 10Q!

  9. #9 Tim Morris
    August 23, 2009

    It should be noted that Dreamworld’s “Tiger Island” attraction seems to have a “thick striped” tiger morph, I’ll see if I can grab the photo.

  10. #10 Tony
    August 26, 2009

    …I might be wrong but I think the light colored “lion” is actually a liger (Lion x Tiger hybrid). I see slightly darker stripes on the flanks…

  11. #11 Darren Naish
    August 26, 2009

    Nope, sorry, she was a pure lion.

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