Tuesday 6 December 2011

Small Wild Cats of South America

A list of small wild cats of South America. What is small? I have decided that "small" for wildcats means any size up to and including the size of an average domestic cat. On that basis 70% of the wild cat species of South America are included. There are as follows in increasing order of size (the largest of the small wildcats is at the bottom of this list):
  1. Oncilla - 1.5 - 2.8 kg
  2. Kodkod - 1.5 - 2.8 kg
  3. Pampas cat - 1.7 - 3.7 kg
  4. Margay - 3 - 4 kg
  5. Andean Mountain cat - 4 - 5 kg
  6. Geoffroy's cat - 2.6 - 6.5 kg
  7. Jaguarundi - 3.5 - 7 kg
I have excluded: ocelot, puma and jaguar. You will find different weights for these cats on the internet. This is probably because information develops as we are still studying these cats. See also wild cat species by size.

You can see pictures and detailed text about these cats starting on this page: wild cat species.

Or see a page on the wild cat species of South America, which includes thumbnail range maps.

Source: Wild Cats of the World (ISBN-13: 978-0-226-77999-7) - this is the best book on the wild cats.

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