Big Cats in Danger
Of the world's 37 species of cats, eight reign as the big cats. All are top predators in their realm. All are losing ground. More people are living in their range. They face habitat loss, illegal hunting for skins and other body parts, and retaliatory killing when they prey on livestock. Yet conservationists see hope, if there's concerted effort. As field biologist George B. Schaller writes, "The great cats represent the ultimate test of our willingness to share this planet with other species."