With a Mighty Roar--Meet the Big Cats

Adapted by Lisa Blau

CHARACTERS: (8) Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Cheetah Lion Tiger Jaguar Leopard <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Narrator 1: Welcome to our presentation called, "With a Mighty Roar! Meet the Big Cats". Narrator 2: Today we will meet a lion, a cheetah, a tiger, a jaguar, and a leopard. Lion: ROAR! I am a mighty lion. I am called the King of Beasts! I live in the grassy plains of Africa. Narrator 3: Lions are famous for their roars. Lions make many other sounds too. When a lion is happy, it will hum. Lion cubs meow. An angry lion will hiss or snarl. Narrator 1: Lions sleep during the day and hunt at night. Lions live together in groups called prides. Lions are very lazy. They sleep up to twenty hours each day! Lion: I have a very good sense of smell. I can also hear the tiniest of distant sounds. My eyes change shape at night so that I can see and hunt in the dark. Narrator 2: Lions are strong and mighty hunters. They eat zebras and antelope. Lions eat about thirteen pounds of food in one day. Lion: A baby lion is called a cub. A mother lion takes good care of her cubs. She protects them from enemies and teaches them how to hunt. If a cub gets lost, a mother lion will find it by using her sense of smell just like a hunting dog. Narrator 3: Lions use their tails for balance, flicking away pesky flies, and for saying hello. Lion: ROAR! Let me have you meet my friend the tiger. Tiger: GROWL!! Everyone knows that we tigers have stripes. Did you know that our stripes help us hide from our enemies. Our stripes are great camouflage. When we tigers are out hunting, our prey cannot see us hiding in the bushes. Our stripes help us blend in with the grass and trees. Narrator 1: Tigers live and hunt alone. Tigers are bigger than lions. In fact, tigers are the largest cats in the world. Narrator 2: Tigers are found throughout most of Asia. They do not live in Africa. Tiger: I like to swim. If you have a pet cat at home, you know that your cat does not like to get wet. But not me!! I like to cool off in the water. I am a strong swimmer. And besides, when we tigers are swimming, we'll catch a snack of tasty fish. Narrator 3: Tigers can roar like lions, but they do not roar very much. If tigers are in danger, they make puffing sounds. When two tiger friends meet, they might rub their necks or faces together. Tiger: I like to eat deer, wildcats, birds, and snakes. If I'm really hungry, I might even eat a grasshopper! Jaguar: Hello, I am a Jaguar! I am about the same size as a leopard. I am much smaller than a lion or a tiger. Narrator 1: Jaguars hunt at night. Jaguars eat monkeys, deer, alligators and fish. Jaguars catch fish by stroking them with a mighty paw. Narrator 2: Leopards carry their food into the bushes or up in a tree. They will eat their food while up in the tree or hide it there for later. Narrator 3: A leopard cub learns to hunt by following its mother. The cub looks for her tail sticking up in the tall grass. Leopard: My cubs will stay with me for two years. Narrator 1: Wow! What was that?! Some fast cat just zoomed by! Cheetah: Well, hello! You must be talking about me! I'm a cheetah. I'm the world's fastest land animal over short distances. Narrator 2: That's right! Our friend the speedy Cheetah can run up to 60 miles per hour. Cheetahs use their great speed to help them catch their food. Cheetah: Cheetahs eat antelope and deer. Narrator 3: Cheetahs are light tan or brown with dark spots. Their bodies are long and sleek. Narrator 1: Cheetahs cannot roar. Mother cheetahs make chirping sounds to call their cubs. Narrator 2: The big cats are beautiful beasts. We must do all that we can to protect them. Narrator 3: There are laws to protect the big cats from hunters Narrator 1: If these laws are not obeyed, these beautiful beasts could become extinct. All Big Cats: ROAR! PURR! CHIRP! MEOW! Please do all that you can to help protect us.