The three African big cats are:

  • African Lion (Panthera leo subspecies leo)
  • African Leopard (Panthera pardus subspecies pardus)
  • African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus subspecies jubatus, soemmerringi and hecki)

All three of these wild cats also occur in Asia but in very small populations.

African Lion

Panthera leo

African Lion (Panthera leo)

African Leopard

Panthera pardus

African Leopard (Panthera pardus)

African Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

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