The Ace of Clubs – Leopard (Panthera pardus)
One interesting fact: Leopards are the strongest climbers among the big wild cats. It can carry prey twice its weight up a tree.
Leopard’s baby is on the Two of Clubs. See its relatives on the Seven of Spades, the Two of Hearts and the Five of Diamonds.
The Two of Clubs – Leopard Cub (Panthera pardus)
One interesting fact: The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats. Maybe it’s because they can go a month without water.
See this cub’s mother on the Ace of Clubs and the next of kin on the Seven of Spades, the Two of Hearts and the Five of Diamonds.
The Three of Clubs – Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis bieti)
One interesting fact: Until 2007, this cat was known only from six animals living in Chinese zoos and a few skins in museums. The first photographs of the Chinese Mountain Cat in the wild were taken in May 2007.
The Four of Clubs – Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps)
One interesting fact: Flat-headed Cats are the most unusual members of the cat family, with their long, narrow head and flattened forehead. Along with the Bay Cat, the Flat-headed Cat is one of the most obscure cats in the world. They are found only on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia.
The Five of Clubs – King Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
One interesting fact: Adult male cheetahs are the only wild cats to live in pairs.
Cheetah’s baby is on the Nine of Spades.
The Six of Clubs – Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)
Several interesting facts: Jungle Cats are not actually associated with “jungles”, but with dense vegetative cover surrounding wetlands. They are more commonly known as Swamp Cat or Reed Cat. Although never truly domesticated, a small number of jungle cats have been found among the cat mummies of Ancient Egypt (the vast majority of which are domestic cats).
The Seven of Clubs – Geoffroy’s Cat (Oncifelis geoffroyi)
One interesting fact: Geoffroy’s Cats are nocturnal, with activity peaks in the middle of the night.
The Eight of Clubs – Iriomote Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis)
Several interesting facts: Previously considered a separate species, Iriomote Cats are now classed as a subspecies of the wide ranging Leopard Cat (the Two of Hearts). They live exclusively on the Japanese island of Iriomote and as of 2007, there are an estimated 100–109 individuals remaining.
The Nine of Clubs – Kodkod (Oncifelis guigna)
One interesting fact: Kodkod is the smallest cat in the Americas.
The Ten of Clubs – Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi)
One interesting fact: Jaguarundis make an unusually wide range of vocalisations, including purrs, whistles, yaps, chattering sounds and even a bird-like chirp.
The Jack of Clubs – Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
One interesting fact: Ocelots are strong swimmers and take aquatic and semi-aquatic prey throughout the year.
The Queen of Clubs – Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
One interesting fact: Cheetahs are the only wild cats that don’t have retractable claws. This means they are unable to climb vertical trees.
See it also on the Queen of Diamonds. The mother’s baby is on the Nine of Spades.
The King of Clubs – Black Panther (Panthera onca)
One interesting fact: Black Panther is a genetic variation of a jaguar – a black jaguar called melanistic jaguar.
Its relatives are on the Ace of Diamonds and the the Nine of Diamonds.