Preview – Big Cats

Big Cats
Picture shows: A margay (Leopardus wiedii), central America - known as the monkey cat, they can leap as far as 4 metres from tree to tree, and can rotate their ankles by 180 degrees to enable them to walk vertically downwards. Image Credit: BBC/NHU/Paul Williams.

The BBC’s Natural History Unit gives us this look at various wild cats all over the world.

These range from the lions of Tanzania, which are the only cat species that live in groups, to the Sri Lankan rusty spotted cat which is 200 times smaller than lions but are just as curious, and the Canadian lynx – the most northerly of the cats.

Among the highlights are an African leopard that has been fitted with a collar so it can tracked throughout its life.

Big Cats is on BBC One at 20.00.