Geoffroys Cat (Oncifelis geoffroyi)
by FCF staff
Geoffroy’s cats are one of the smallest wildcats on earth. Average weight ranges from 4 to 8 pounds. Other names for the Geoffroy’s cat are Geoffroy’s ocelot and gato montes (mountain cat). The feline was named after the French naturalist Geoffroy St. Hilaire.
The Geoffroy’s cat is a rugged feline. It has survived in some of the most formidable terrains. At 10,000 feet on the Antiplano in Bolivia, a barren windswept plateau of salt flats to the “Green Hell”, a vast central lowland area along the eastern slope of the Andes of northwest Argentina. It can survive and thrive in the hottest temperatures in all South America.
If adaptability is the key to survival in this ever-changing environment, this little feline may out survive all other cats in the wild! Reported to be nocturnal, the Geoffroy’s cat will hunt mainly rodents and birds. He will utilize both trees and open land for hunting. Mainly terrestrial, he will use any available cover to hunt, avoiding open spaces, moving from rock or bush when possible…
(read more: Feline Conservation Federation)