Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
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 the body. Thee are two black streaks down each cheek. All black individuals are fairly common. Animals from the northern part of the range have more yellow colour, and animals from the south are more silver grey.
Head and body length: 42cm - 66cm (average 54cm). Tail length: 24cm - 36cm. Weight 3kg - 5kg (average 4kg).
Geoffroy's Cat is found from sea level to 3,500m. It prefers dense vegetation near rivers. Also found in open woodland, savanna, marshland. They often climb trees and are good swimmers.
Feeds on small mammals such as hares and small rodents. Also eats birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. It hunts in trees and on the ground.
The breeding season is from December to May. Females may produce one litter of one to four cubs after a gestation period of 67 - 78 days. The kittens are born in a den in a tree hollow, under rocks or dense vegetation. The young are born blind and eyes open after 8 - 12 days and are weaned at 8 to 10 weeks. They stay with their mother until about eight months when they become completely independent.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay.
The conservation status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".
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Leopardus geoffroyi, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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