Pampas cat (Leopardus pajeros)
The Pampas Cat is a small wild cat from the Pampas of Argentina and Chile. It used to be considered a subspecies of the Colocolo (Leopardus colocolo). It is similar in appearance to a domestic cat but somewhat larger. Pampas cats have very thick rust brown fur or pale brown fur with brown bands and rosettes. Some individuals are all black. The fur can be up to 7 cm thick. The head is relatively small compared to the sturdy body. They have bushy tails. Pampas Cats are fairly widely distributed in South America.
Length about 60cm. Tail length: about 30cm
found in a wide range of habitat from grassland, scrub, woodland, forest to mountain habitat
feeds on small mammals and birds at night
A litter of one to three kittens is born after a gestation period of 80 to 85 days. The breeding season in the wild is unknown.
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru.
Leopardus pajeros, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Photograph by Ltshears. License: Public Domain.