Top 10 Lesser Known Species Of the Feline (Cat) Family

The Top Ten

Eurasian Lynx

It is the largest member of the Lynx genus. I love its tufted ears. It's just a small tiger. With tufted ears. - Metal_Treasure


(aka Desert Lynx, or Persian Lynx).
It's found in Africa, Middle East, and central and southwestern Asia. - Metal_Treasure

Snow Leopard The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The name "Snow Leopard" is due to its white fur, and the black spots dotted over it.

It's a large long-haired Asian cat that lives in the mountains of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Snow Leopard has a dense insulating undercoat and a thick outercoat of hairs about 5 cm (2 inches) long.

Of course I know what they are due to the WFF commercials shoving messages down our throats saying you need to symbolically adopt a snow leopard to prevent them from going extinct.

Iberian Lynx

These are almost extinct. It is the most endangered feline - as of 2013 possibly fewer than 300 individuals remained (in southern Spain). - Metal_Treasure

Siberian Tiger The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a tiger population inhabiting mainly the Sikhote Alin mountain region with a small population in southwest Primorye Province in the Russian Far East.
Clouded Leopard

They live in southeastern Asia, and islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Clouded Leopards look different, they probably diverged about 1.4 million years ago. - Metal_Treasure

Ocelot The ocelot, also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively within South America including the islands of Trinidad and Margarita, Central America, and Mexico. It has been reported as far north as Texas.

It's found from Texas southward to northern Argentina. - Metal_Treasure


It is a zoo-bred hybrid - offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. - Metal_Treasure


It lives in Africa - Metal_Treasure

Bobcat The bobcat is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago.

One of the short-tailed wild cats, found from southern Canada to southern Mexico. It's like the smaller cousin of Canada lynx. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

African Golden Cat
Chinese Mountain Cat
Bay Cat
Sand Cat The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only cat living chiefly in true deserts. This small cat is widely distributed in the deserts of North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Starting in 2002, it was listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List because the more.
Sunda Clouded Leopard
Black-Footed Cat
Fishing Cat
Indochinese Tiger
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