Learn About Lions

Photo credit: National Park Service

We’re so happy you’re here! The Kid’s Corner is your one stop resource for that special lion cub in your life!

We’ve got photos, coloring pages, fun-facts, and even a trivia quiz thanks to writer and naturalist, Caryl Pearson. Take some time to prowl this page that’s just-for-kids!

 

 

The Mountain Lion Twins of the Beartooth Mountains by Courtney Long. Long is the Education Manager for the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

This story is adapted from true biological information about the early life of mountain lions. Photos are taken and edited by the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Courtney Long for allowing us to share this book with all of you mountain lion lovers out there. Enjoy!


Trivia

Test your knowledge about the world’s wild cats, including America’s Lion and maybe some cats you’ve never heard of. Writer and naturalist Caryl Pearson created this quiz with questions in three levels, getting more challenging as they go.

Cub Quiz

      1. The tail of the mountain lion is:
        A.  Short, like a bobcat’s
        B.  Long, like a leopard’s
        C.  The mountain lion has no tail.
        D.  It depends on the lion
      1. Which of these wild cats can run the fastest in the 100-yard dash?
        A.  Mountain lion
        B.  Tiger
        C.  Cheetah
        D.  African lion
      1. Which of the following wild cats is the largest one living on Earth today?
        A.  The tiger (Panthera tigris)
        B.  African lion (Panthera leo)
        C.  Sabertooth tiger (Smilodon fatalis)
        D.  Jaguar (Panthera onca)
      2. At which stage of life does the mountain lion have spots?
        A.  Old-timer
        B.  Whippersnapper
        C.  Grownup
        D.  All ages
      3. If you were going to fix dinner for a mountain lion, which of the following would he most likely prefer?
        A.  peanut butter and jelly
        B.  veggie fried rice
        C.  waffles
        D.  roast beef with gravy


Answers. 1: B; 2: C, The cheetah clocked at 6.6 seconds!; 3: A, the tiger (The Sabertooth Tiger is extinct.); 4: B, The whippersnapper; spots are usually faded by about 8 months. 5: D, lions are like all cats and they love meat.

Intermediate Quiz

      1. How far can a mountain lion jump horizontally in a single bound when running?
        A.  10 ft.
        B.  20 ft.
        C.  30 ft.
        D.  45 ft.
      2. Pick the type of habitat where the mountain lion would most like to live:
        A.  Seashore
        B.  Desert
        C.  Forest with tall trees
        D.  Hills with brush, trees, and rocks
      3. Which of the following wild cats likes to hide and pounce on their prey rather than chase it?
        A.  Tiger
        B.  Leopard
        C.  Mountain lion
        D.  All of the above
      4. Which wild cat species is considered to be truly social, living in groups called prides?
        A.  Bobcat
        B.  Mountain lion
        C.  African lion
        D.  Cheetah
      5. Which state does not allow humans to hunt mountain lions?
        A.  Texas
        B.  California
        C.  Oregon
        D.  Colorado


Answers: 1: C, 30 feet!; 2: D, (While lions are adaptable and could live in any of these environments, this habitat has the most cover for sneaking up on prey.); 3: D; 4. C; 5. B.

Challenging Quiz

      1. Which of the following wild cats is known for its ability to descend from a tree head-first?
        A.  Lynx
        B.  Leopard
        C.  Jaguar
        D.  Mountain lion
      2. The smallest wild cat on earth weighs only 3 1/2 pounds and lives in India.  What is it called?
        A.  Indian Pygmy Cat
        B.  Miniature Jungle Cat
        C.  Rusty Spotted Cat
        D.  The Little Mouser
      3. Which of the following cats have pupils that close to a dot, rather than a slit?
        A.  Common domestic house cat
        B.  Mountain lion
        C.  Ocelot
        D.  Cheetah
      4. Which of the following wild cats has its range from the Yukon all the way down to southern Argentina?
        A.  Lynx
        B.  Mountain lion
        C.  Jaguar
        D.  Snow leopard
      5. A famous mountain lion has lived as a bachelor in a park in Los Angeles for many years.  What is his name?
        A.  Lonely One
        B.  Hercules
        C.  P-22
        D.  Sir Leaps-a-lot
      6. Which of the following cats has the spookiest and most hair-raising call in the animal kingdom?
        A.  Tiger
        B.  African Lion
        C.  Jaguar
        D.  Mountain lion


Answers: 1: B; 2: C; 3: B & D; 4: B; 5: C; 6: D (Female mountain lions make an alarming sound when searching for mates. This earned the cats the nickname mountain screamer.)

Top Ten Books

By Mark Van Cleefe
Text Copyright 1968
Walt Disney Productions

An abandoned cougar cub Charlie, is adopted by Jess and grows into a 160 pound mountain lion. The story is about how Charlie adapts to the wild. Learning how to catch food, and evade hunters and eventually makes his way back to his former owner, Jess. Rescuing Charlie from certain death, Jess places the cougar in a National Wildlife Sanctuary to live out his life.

Facts About the Mountain Lion: A Picture Book for Kids

By Lisa Strattin
Text Copyright 2019 Lisa Strattin

This educational mountain lion book presents facts along with full color photographs and carefully chosen words to teach children about the Mountain Lion.

Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion Through Science and Story

By Leslie Patten
Text Copyright 2018 Far Cry Publishing

When the author encounters mountain lion tracks near her home outside Yellowstone National Park, she begins a journey to learn about these elusive, unseen animals. Personal tracking stories provide a framework as the author delves deeper into the heart of lions.

When Mountain Lion Are Neighbors: People and wildlife Working it out in California

By Beth Pratt and Collin O’Mara
Text Copyright 2016 by Heyday, Berkeley, CA

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas. In Los Angeles, residents are rallying to build one of the largest wildlife crossings in the world because of the plight of one lonely mountain lion named P-22. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay again because of a grassroots effort to clean up a waterway that was once a toxic mess. And on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have provided a home for an endearing family of wild gray foxes.

Henry the Mountain Lion

By Angela R. Adams and Ginny Conaway
Text Copyright 2017 Chickpea Books

Follow two cousins as they try to find Henry the Mountain Lion on Hemric Mountain. Based on a true story.

Wildcats! Cougar

By Jalma Barrett
Photographs by Larry Allan
Text Copyright 1999
Blackbirch Press, Inc.

Roam the North American wilderness with some of our continent’s most fascinating big cats. Stunning color photos capture these wild animals in their natural surroundings as the text describes each cat’s habitat, physical features, and special abilities. Explore the social lives of these captivating creatures, their survival techniques, reproduction, development, and interaction with humans.

Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion

By Jim Williams
Text Copyright 2018 Random House

During a time when most wild animals are experiencing decline in the face of development and climate change, the intrepid mountain lion – also known as a puma, a cougar, and by many other names – has experienced reinvigoration as well as expansion of territory. What makes this cat, the fourth carnivore in the food chain – just ahead of humans.

How Do We Live Together? Mountain Lions

By Lucia Raatma
Text Copyright 2010 by Lucia Raatma
Cherry Lake Publishing

How Do We Live Together: Mountain Lions, opens young eyes to the bustling world around them and gently encourages early learning. Boys and girls will see how mountain lions care for their young, and find out where they live, what they eat and how they behave. Readers are encouraged to think critically about how we share our backyards with these wonderful cats.

Abayomi, The Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub

By Darcy Pattison
Text Copyright 2014 Darcy Pattison
Art Copyright Kitty Harvill
Mims House

This book is a true story about a mother puma, in an attempt to steal a chicken, gets caught in a trap and dies. The search is on to find her orphaned cub. Will the scientists be able to find the cub before time runs out? How will the cub face a complicated world alone – and find a way to survive?

Ghost Cats of the Tetons – Three Book Series: A Cougar Tale, Cub Start & New Horizons

By Fox-Parrish, Jurin & Schafer
Text Copyright 2010

The three book series follows Mitzli and her three cubs, Yutin, Klandi & Mosie as they navigate their lives from birth to adulthood. Throughout the three book series, the cubs learn how to hunt and be wary of other predators, as well as, their worst enemies’ cars and humans.

Pictures

Hey kids! Check out these cool photos of wild mountain lions! Download your favorite and make it your desktop background so you can see these magnificent animals anytime!

Coloring Pages

For all you little mountain lions out there, how about coloring a big cat of your own?! Download and print out your favorite mountain lion picture and bring it to life!

Click on a picture below to download it!
 

 

Crossword Puzzle

Enjoy this wildcat crossword puzzle courtesy of Caryl Pearson! Click Here to open the Wildcat-Crossword as a fillable form in a new window: