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    Three cheetahs in the grass in Tanzania. National Geographic says only 7,000 to 10,000 remain in Africa. To protect them, National Geographic has launched the Big Cats Initiative. Among other things, trick-or-treaters on Halloween can help raise money by visiting <b><a href="http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/big-cats/cause-an-uproar/" target="external">CauseAnUproar.org</a>.</b>
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    A male lion, the head of his pride. Fifty years ago, says National Geographic, there were 450,000 lions in the bush; their numbers have since dropped to 20,000. Click <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/big-cats-national-geographic-campaigns-save-lions-tigers/story?id=14821495" target="external">HERE</a> for the story.
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    Lion cubs face many dangers -- even from their own species. When an adult male takes over a pride, it wil kill any cubs sired by the leader it deposed. Biologists say this is a way to bring females into heat more quickly, and to ensure the pride's next generation carries their genes.
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    Male lions search for food. At the peak of the dry season, lions are sometimes forced to rely entirely on scavenging to survive.
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    A clouded leopard in the wild in India. In Asia, two percent of the clouded leopard's habitat is lost every year, according to National Geographic, because trees are cut down for palm oil.
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    This is Roona, a clouded leopard released into the wild by conservationists in 2009 in Manas National Park, near Assam, India.
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    An American cougar in Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming, part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Even in the U.S., which can afford more easily than poorer countries to protect wildlife, big cats are at risk, says National Geographic.
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    A captive cougar looks deep into the camera while walking along a lake near Kalispell, Montana.
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    These cougars were photographed at the Triple-D Game Farm near Kalispell, Mont.
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    A cougar kitten, fitted with a radio tracking collar in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative seeks to protect the cats by highlighting them online, in National Geographic magazine, and on television, including on the Nat Geo Wild channel.
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