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Geoffroy's Cat


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Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

Scientific Name:Leopardus geoffroyi

IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened

Protected by the following WLT projects:


Species Range (IUCN)


Protected by the following WLT projects:

The Geoffroy's cat is small (approximately 4.3 kg), solitary and predominantly nocturnal. Its coat colour varies from brilliant ochre in the northern parts of its range, to a silver grey in the south, with shades in between. The black tipped tail is about half of the head-body length and has several black rings.

Geoffroy’s cats can be found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay between sea level and 3,300 meters altitude. Although they prefer dense cover, they can be found amongst a wide variety of habitat types including scrubby woodland, dry forests and savannas of the Chaco. They are partially arboreal and good swimmers which readily enter water. Diet varies by location but consists mainly of small mammals, and may include some birds, hares, fish and frogs.

Threats and Conservation

The Geoffroy’s cat is vulnerable to population decline through habitat loss (and previously through hunting for its fur). They are fully protected across their range and are classified as near threatened by IUCN. However, little is known of the ecological requirements of these cats so it is still difficult to judge the full impact of these threats and the species may soon be reassigned to “Vulnerable” status with the IUCN.

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See the IUCN Red List for more information on the classification of the Geoffroy's Cat
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