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Wild Cats of South America


Colocolo
(Leopardus colocolo)
Colocolo
The Colocolo is a small long-haired cat from Chile. The body is gray with brown stripes broken up into spots. These cats have fairly large pointed ears and a long bushy tail with dark bands. The Pampas Cat (Leopardus pajeros) used to be considered...  Read more >
Geoffroy's Cat
(Leopardus geoffroyi)
Geoffroy's Cat
Geoffroy's cat is a small wild cat from South America. It is similar in size of a large domestic cat. Male cats are slightly larger than females. The fur is silver grey to yellowish-brown with a pattern of small dark brown or black spots all over...  Read more >
Kodkod
(Leopardus guigna)
Kodkod
The Kodkod is a small wild cat from South America. The body is buff or grey brown with round black spots. The head and shoulders has some black streaks, and the back of the ears are black with white spots. The tail has narrow black rings. All black...  Read more >
Andean Cat
(Leopardus jacobitus)
Andean Cat
Andean cats have a pale silver gray body with rust colored spots and stripes. The fur is long and thick. The forelegs and chest are marked with gray bars. The underside is pale with dark spots. The tail is long and bushy with six to nine dark brown...  Read more >
Pampas cat
(Leopardus pajeros)
Pampas cat
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...  Read more >
Ocelot
(Leopardus pardalis)
Ocelot
The Ocelot has short tawny or reddish brown fur with black spots and rosette shaped marks. The belly is white. The face has two black stripes down each side. There is a white spot behind each ear and white marks round the eyes and mouth. The tail...  Read more >
Oncilla
(Leopardus tigrinus)
Oncilla
The Oncilla (Little Spotted Cat) is similar in appearance to the Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and the Margay (Leopardus wiedii). The Oncilla is the smallest of the three with shorter tail and relatively larger eyes and ears. The fur is tawny brown...  Read more >
Margay
(Leopardus weidii)
Margay
The Margay is a small cat, and resembles a small Ocelot. It is a spotted cat with tan, grayish or cinnamon colored fur with rows of dark brown spots along the body. The belly is white. The coat is thick and soft.  Read more >
Jaguar
(Panthera onca)
Jaguar
The Jaguar is a large tan cat with black spots and rings. Some Jaguars are all black. Jaguars are similar in appearance to leopards but are stockier and have a larger head.  Read more >
Cougar
(Puma concolor)
Cougar
The Cougar (also known as the Mountain Lion or Puma) is a large, slender cat. The fur is short and color varies from yellow brown to gray brown above, with pale underside. The chest and throat are white. The nose is pink with a black border. The...  Read more >
Jaguarundi
(Puma yagouaroundi)
Jaguarundi
The Jaguarundi is small cat, not much bigger than a domestic cat. It has a long body and fairly short legs compared with other American cats. There are two main color variations - a dark grey black form and a reddish brown form. The coat is fairly...  Read more >