Print out any of these Folding Zoo Animal templates on cardstock. You can use white cardstock or choose a color that is close to the animal's main body color.
Color the printable big cat template black to make a black panther. Make spotted wild cats like the leopard, jaguar or cheetah by coloring the animal yellow or light brown and making small black spots. Finger painting or using a Q-tip to paint the dots is a fun idea! Add iconic features like a pair of black lines starting from the cheetah's eyes to its jaws.
To make lions, color the big cat template light brown or tan. Create a mane for a male lion with crepe paper. After assembling the cat following all the steps above, cut orange or dark brown crepe paper into very short strips and glue these all around the back of the cat's head.