Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land.
Just one of a remarkable family.
40 different faces.
From the fastest...
to the strongest...
To the biggest...
These are the cats.
Home to the king of the beasts.
Lions may be legendary
but among cats they're strange.
That's because they're the only ones to live together,
the only truly social cat.
The pride is a family...
and an alliance.
Here in Ruaha, Tanzania,
they're famous for forming super prides...
Huge groups that can tackle the most formidable prey in Africa.
This buffalo herd is hundreds strong.
Each weighs more than three lions combined.
And they fight back.
Lions suffer more injuries and fatalities from buffalo...
than any other adversary.
This female is nursing three cubs...
and also a serious wound inflicted by a buffalo.
A debilitating injury like this is not just very painful...
it's potentially life-threatening for both her and her cubs.
They are all hungry.
On her own...
this is hopeless.
But she's not alone.
She's part of the pride.
No other cat can bring down a giant like this.
And now she will be able to feed her family
and allow wounds to heal.
Living in a pride sets lions apart.
It's an extraordinary alliance.
But it's not just about big game hunting.
This is an extended family
that supports and protects every mother and their cubs.
But for all other cats it's a different story.
Hiding in this SriLankan jungle
is a cat so rare few have ever seen it.
Exploring the world beyond his den for the first time
is a miniature predator.
The smallest feline in the world.
A rusty-spotted cat.
He may look like a kitten.
He'd still fit in the palm of your hand.
But this little male is very nearly fully grown.
He'll soon be setting off on a solitary life.
Fending entirely for himself.
What he lacks in size
he makes up for in daring.
Young cats are born curious.
It's how they learn about their world.
Even if it can get them into trouble.
Straight away he puts his super senses through their paces.
His eyes are six times more powerful than our own,
and sensitive to the slightest movement.
His whiskers, rooted in a bed of nerves,
detect the faintest touch
or the gentlest breath of wind.
His hearing is better than ours, too,
tuned to sounds that are completely imperceptible to the human ear.
And his sense of smell is capable of distinguishing
between a billion different odours.
This little cat is alert to every change in his surroundings.
But now it's time to learn which sounds.
Every step of today's adventure
has been stored away in his memory.
He's building a 3-D map of the jungle in his head.
So he can find his way home.
In a flash.
from the smallest
to the biggest,
share extraordinary skills and abilities that have allowed them
to conquer all four corners of the globe.
Siberian tigers prowl frozen forests.
They are 200 times bigger than a Rusty-spotted Cat.
But just as elusive.
In the Pantanal,
the world's largest wetland,
jaguars are on the hunt for monsters.
For their size, they have the strongest bite of any cat.
Even making short work of huge caiman crocodiles.
The jungle canopy of South and Central America
is the realm of the tree-climbing margay.
They can judge distances perfectly.
A critical skill if you're to clear a gap of nearly four metres
with a single leap, high above the forest floor.
And when it's time to descend,
their ankles rotate 180 degrees
so they can walk vertically down.
Whether it's hunting in the swamps of Asia
or patrolling the oldest desert in Africa...
..cats thrive everywhere.
They've even conquered the highest mountains on Earth...
It's a place where food is scarce...
..so to survive you need a huge territory.
This vast wilderness of sheer cliffs and bare rock
is home to the Snow Leopard...
..the world's highest and, just maybe, most lonesome cat.
This ageing male is searching...
..but not for food.
He's looking for a mate.
The task would be nigh impossible
if it wasn't for a cat's unique ability
for long-distance romance.
His long-lasting and pungent spray carries his dating profile.
雄性 单身 寻求伴侣
Male, single, would like to meet.
Both males and females spray...
..posting their romantic status
to any and every one that passes by.
So he diligently walks these paths every day
in the hope that a potential mate has passed through.
At his most eager, he'll scent mark 20 times an hour.
It may take a week or more to cover his entire territory...
..but his search must go on, day after day...
..in spite of the Himalayan weather.
You never know what might be around the next corner.
Here he discovers a female has left her mark.
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