Top 10 Smartest Big Cats

The Top Ten

1 Leopard Leopard The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various ...read more.

Leopards are smarter than you think. That why they're smart. You don't know their limit. Leopards are the most widespread creatures for their size (i.e. they hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka). Why did Romans rule medieval Europe? They used their brains: they had tactics and strategies that made the others feel just like how you felt when you found the answer to a seemingly impossible riddle: obvious and embarrassed. Leopards are like the Romans of cats. The 'climbing-trees' strategy, a variety of ambushing tactics are just a few of the leopards brainstorms. Okay, that would've been obvious for people like us, but hey, we're HUMANS, are we? Leopards have extreme senses; these need a big brain to fill all that information in. They are one of the most agile creatures; well, you can't be a gymnast just with a flexible body, right? All these need brains. (tip: if you're a gymnast, you can use this information to prove you're smart).

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Leopards are the smartest of all big cats, if you don't think so do your research, but if your too lazy, I will tell you why...= It is the only big cat that has learned to store its food above ground from scavengers. It can carry prey twice its body weight high into the tops of the trees to save and eat at his leisure. Its brain power also gives it an advantage as a more cunning hunter.Any kind of leopard could be qualified as smartest, it could be snow, Asian, or black leopard. These creatures live alone and depend on themselves for food, water, territory, den sights, and hunting spots. Even when leopards first emerge from their dens at 3 months, they already know how to climb trees. And if you don't believe me when I say they are the smartest, look on Google, it literally says it. Scientist have proven this fact over and over again. They don't justify these facts based on their "coolness" or how they look, they base it on research and watching these animals closely. Every ...more

Just to let all ya know all of you are wrong voting the other animals because a leopard is capable of surviving 4 lions if they try to attack trust me I've seen it in person and the videos don't lie. The leopard has a brain that we can't compare to because it is able to kill prey and get by a lion by confusing it. The lion can be a leopard probably physically in a fight but when it comes to strategy agility and things that include smarts well sorry to say leopards beats all the top cats in that.

The leopard is smarter than a tiger in fact they can camouflage so well that if a gazelle looks at the leopard the gazelle won't see it. Leopards also are very graceful and are great mother for their cubs because from time to time she moves her cubs so that they are safe!

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2 Cheetah Cheetah The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, able to run up to 75 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds

Graceful, Gorgeous, deadly, intelligent. What else could you ask for? Amber eyes, a slender muzzle, a sharp gaze and dark tear lines with dappled gold-and-black fur. Also, it has slim, delicate looking legs built for speed but that can beat u up. Snow leopards, on the other paw, have a "white" or usually yellowish pelt, a beard-like thing on it's chin, a wide, flat nose and head, big clumsy paws, brownish spots, and isn't even CLOSE to the beauty, grace, strength, speed, and power of the cheetah.

Cheetahs really are smarter than tigers. For a tiger rank of being smart it is a 6. For a cheetah being smart it is an 7. But the leopard really is the smartest, with a rank of 8, but I still vote for cheetahs.

Cheetahs are the smartest of big cats, right after leopards. They are definitely the fastest land animals ever. These beautiful, amazing animals are highly endangered and need attention.

Cheetahs are awesome

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3 Snow Leopard 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.

The snow leopard is known for its excellent stealth and intelligence I agree it's the fourth smartest but sadly they're endangered

Snow leopard are not the smartest

Snow are the smartest and most beautiful big cats their are but I'm sad there are not much left

The snow leopard is the most gorgeous cat I have ever seen. And the 3rd smartest too.

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4 Tiger Tiger The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognisable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.

Although animal Intelligence is difficult to judge, the Tiger seems to be the smartest of the big cats, since it is a very versatile and individually cat, and though a solitary hunter, tigers do interact much more frequently than most would think. They do share their Prey with their family members, and males will let the cubs and females eat first. A males territory usually overlaps with those of several mates, who are closely related, similarly to a lion pride.male tigers will sometimes even take part in raising cubs. At least most trainers, keepers, biologists and big cat experts agree that they are smarter and batter at learning than lions.Their hunting method is more similar to that of the leopard. Tigers do have a larger brain relative to body size than other big cats, I think there's a good reason. However big cats are generally quite smart, and smartness varies amongst Individuals.

Scientific studies have confirmed that tiger has about 20% larger brains than lions, thus they are more cunning than lions. Because jungle is very complicated place than open Savannah grassland

Tiger are very smart and I think they should be the first smartest big cat on the list because they are actually much smarter than leopards, and cheetahs. I am not just saying this it's true I looked it up on much more other websites and they all said tigers are much smarter. So I know tigers are the smartest big cat. That is truly a fact!

Deez guys are smartest

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5 Jaguar Jaguar

Jaguars are strong and stealth they are the 4th biggest big cat after the leopard lion and tiger but Jaguars aren't as intelligent. But that doesn't mean they're to dum to hunt Jaguars normally use there teeth and claws to hunt less than using there brain example leopards use mostly there brain teeth and agility to hunt for cheetahs they use speed stealth and intelligence for tiger they use bite and stealth but sometimes can make intelligent decisions

They seems smart overall and smarter when killing, I don't see why cheetah is 1 they just run fast and that's it.

They know how to hunt really well to take down big prey. Also a mother knows that her cubs are helpless at berth so she knows to protect them very well.

Jaguars should be 1st because they can be behind you when you don't even know there are there!

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6 Cougar Cougar The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.

Cougars live from the tip of South America to the tip of North America. They have to survive in extreme cold and dense jungle and live amongst larger predators like Jaguars and Bears.

Cougars are agile and they're very smart. They live near people's area and they're very brave too!

You may never see me him but they are smart animals

Taking in all the abilities of all big cats this one has the best overall scores in all categories. Runs 50mph, incredible vision, excellent climber, very stealthy, has the most powerful bite pound for pound, is able to leap 40 ft. horizontally and 15 ft. vertically. Amazing animal.

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7 Lion Lion The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

Firstly, I don't believe that any particular species of Big Cat is more intelligent than another. Each is specially adapted to their habitat and they are all successful in surviving and becoming top predators in their own right.

Secondly, he Big Cats are anatomically very alike and thus brain size is negligible. As in humans, intelligence varies towards the individual rather than species or race.

Lions are the only truly social member of the Cat family. This in itself takes a certain amount of intelligence. The intelligence to co-operate and be socially aware in dealing with other members of their own species. Yet Lions also survive as solitary hunters during their lives.

Male Lions in particular spend long periods as nomads hunting and fighting for themselves when not part of a pride. I have seen on several occasions a single male Lion take on African Buffalo and Crocodile successfully. Although such kills are fraught with danger and thus quite rare.

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In the cat family, the lion as the greatest memory capacity and intelligence is related with the capacity of the memory. Lions are the only social cats. In nature social animals are generally more intelligent they have a lot more to learn. Lions do very complicated group hunting involving coordination, cooperation, great communicating and each one knowing his role. Depending on the type of preys, the role of each lions may change. So not only as a single feline a lion learn to hunt by himself but in a group it could have deferent roles depending the preys. Lions used many different hunting tactics. In the cat family lions are the most intelligent feline.

It is not a matter of an opinion but a fact. First social animals are smarter and the lions are the only true social felines. Secondly the 2016 intelligent test reported in Science America. 1) the hyena 2) the lion 3) the leopard 4) and last the tiger. The lions were the best investigators. Curiosity is also a sigh of intelligence. Lions are not only regular single hunters. They are the only one to do group and synchronized hunting. They use different types of group hunting. The lion used far more complex communication than any other cats. The lion is the most intelligent big cat.

Lions Are smarter than you think,there is a new discovey that lions can count numbers and female lioness can understant their face in mirrors but male lion cannot understand it because they are aggresive to other male lions but still they are smart they cooperite ans work togather and they have awesome tactics in hunting there smarter than tigers they should be the smartest or second smartest or third smartest.

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8 Lynx Lynx A lynx is any of the four species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized wild cats, which includes the bobcat.

Lynxes think before they act and know what prey will fit their needs. Very independent. Except there are only 3 big cats: Lion, Tiger, Snow Leopards. Lynxes are under the medium cat category.

I think that lynx are truly extraordinary animals, with superb climbing and jumping abilities. So in my opinion, lynx should be the smartest, even smarter than cheetahs, but not leopards. They may not be fast but they are very unique.

Very smart, quick, and stealthy. They are very interesting and can be found in northern parts of the world. But they are endangered and need to be saved.

As a domestic cat owner and person who has seen Lynx Lynx Lynx (Eurasian Lynx in Finland) I must tell you guys that this big cat really knows whats going on. It wont attack humans because Lynx Lynx do understand that human is more dangerous than deer. It can steadily surprise you just 3-5 meters from you, mostly at night time when he does understand that his superious vision compared to human. If you get scared he usually does escape by first taking distance with long jump and then just walk away but if you are not afraid, you can snap photo of him but don't act too soft as some bunny or deer because Lynx Lynx might attack you!

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9 Liger

Just because a liger is a combination if tiger and a lion; it doesn't make them double smart. Dude, that's like saying you are as smart as your mom and dad combined. That's just insulting to your parents.

The Liger lives completely on human help. - Immortui-Fortissimus

Ligers are not in the wild so they are dumb when it comes to survival - lions

Never heard of a liger

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10 Panther

There are such a dominating animal that can outsmart mostly anything

Because they are skilled hunters

Panther are black leopard or jaguar y are they so loo...

I love the panther cat they're so cute

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The Contenders

11 Tigon Tigon

These are the only animals besides monkeys that can hold conversations with pwople

12 Amar Leopard
13 Serval V 3 Comments
14 Leopon
15 Ocelot 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.
16 Puma Puma The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.
17 Clouded Leopard Clouded Leopard
18 Pumapard
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