Who's That Cat?

A Cat of Many Names

 

Cats may not really have nine lives, but one really cool cat has almost that many names! The mountain lion, the largest wildcat in North America, is also called puma, cougar, panther, and catamount. Maybe mountain lions have so many names because there are so many interesting things to learn about them!

 

Mountain lions are a little over 2 feet tall at the shoulder, and their tails are over 2 feet long. They have such strong legs they can leap as high as 15 feet—that’s higher than most one-story houses! They can also jump as far as 40 feet.

 

Except for people, mountain lions have the largest rangeIn biology, the total area in which an individual or species can be found. of any mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. in the Western Hemisphere—from Canada to Argentina! You can also see them at the San Diego Zoo, in their brand-new exhibit!