Carnivores are meat-eating mammals. Learn about tigers, coyotes, and other predators of the animal kingdom.


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The Only Wild Jaguar in the U.S. Has Finally Been Filmed

Motion-sensing cameras, detailed maps and a special poop-detecting dog all played a part in finding the jaguar nicknamed "El Jefe."

Sarah the Cheetah, the World's Fastest Land Animal, Has Died

Breaking multiple records, Sarah set speeds never matched by any other animal. She was euthanized earlier this week by the staff at the Cincinnati Zoo, where she lived.

It's the Eye of the Tiger… and the Gator, the Deer, the Housecat

A new study shows how animal's pupils have evolved to help them survive in their ecological niche as predator or prey.

Frozen Sperm Is Saving These Ferrets

Can endangered species be saved with insemination from the Great Beyond?

Are cheetahs clones of each other?

Cheetahs share so much DNA that they're practically clones of one another. But what does this mean for the future of the species?

Do dire wolves exist?

As fans of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series know all too well, a person encountering a dire wolf will likely end up in dire straits. But while these fearsome beasts make for great fiction, do they have any grounding in reality?

Snow Leopard

With less than five thousand snow leopards left, the chances of seeing a snow leopard in the wild are slim. In addition to being endangered, this creature is crepuscular and nocturnal.


In this guide to the Lion, you'll learn cool facts about its habitat, unique behaviors and it's converstation status.

Tiger Facts

Learn all about tigers with these HowStuffWorks Tiger Facts!

How to Trap a Skunk Without Getting Sprayed

You'd like to trap the skunk in your backyard, without getting sprayed. Find out here how to trap a skunk without getting sprayed.

Do jackals use babysitters?

Most jackals have the same nuclear family as the one portrayed in "Leave it to Beaver" -- a father, a mother and the kids. So do Mama and Papa jackal call a babysitter when they want date night?

What's the difference between a bobcat and a lynx?

The bobcat and lynx may not be much larger than your house cat lounging on the couch, but these felines rely on specific adaptations to survive in the wild.

If a skunk sprays me, do I have to bathe in tomato juice?

If you've been sprayed by a skunk, you probably ended up in a bathtub filled with tomato juice. But is there any truth to this treatment, or should we debunk the skunk?

Why are otters playful?

If the animal world were school, otters would be those kids who never leave the playground. Always begging for five more minutes of recess, otters take playtime very seriously.

Why do cougars scream?

If you come across a cougar, you might scream in fear. So if this predator could easily devour you, why might it harmonize your screech with its own tone-deaf shriek?

How do leopards kill animals larger than they are?

With powerful jaws, massive paws and piercing claws, the leopard is built for hunting. But how can this cat possibly take down animals three times its size?

Why do tigers swim?

When cats go swimming, is it still considered doggy paddling? Tigers might not be invited to your next pool party, but they sure do love taking a dip.

What is a lone wolf?

Loners might seem intriguing, but they lead dangerous lives -- a least those in the wolf world do. Lone wolves are outsiders, relying only on themselves to survive without a pack.

Why are wolves making a comeback in the United States?

Plagued by negative images and slanderous tales, wolves could use the help of a good publicist. Will positive news like wolves help strengthen the ecosystem override age-old fears and misconceptions?

Do wolves really howl at the moon?

What's a full moon without the howl of a wolf echoing in the background? Are wolves really howling at the moon or just talking among themselves?

Can you live safely among wolves?

Wolves are wild predators and could kill your beloved Fido for a tasty meal. But will these animals come after you, or do they prefer a drama-free neighborhood?

What is a wolf pack mentality?

The leader of the pack doesn't always lead a doomed existence like in the Shangri-Las song. A wolf pack's leader and other members follow defined roles, creating a strong, devoted group.

Wolf Image Gallery

Wolves may be a close relative of man's best friend, but we wouldn't recommend trying to befriend these wild canines. Check out this wolf image gallery to learn all about different wolf species and their habits.

Big Cat Pictures

This big cat image gallery shows you a wide variety of these carnivorous felines. From the well known tiger and lion to the lesser known serval and margay, learn about these big cats and their relatives.

Is there such a thing as a man-eating lion?

The king of the jungle has been known to salivate at the sight of a tasty human. But are these stories of lions wreaking havoc on people in Africa true?