IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC). Facts about this animal. The Geoffroy’s is a small spotted cat, about the size of a domestic cat. Head-body length ranges from Learn more about the Geoffroy’s cat – with amazing Geoffroy’s cat videos, photos and facts on Arkive. PDF | On Nov 19, , Pereira J. and others published Leopardus geoffroyi.
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The Geoffroy’s is a small spotted catabout the size of a domestic cat.
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Head-body length ranges from 44 to 75 cm, tail length cm, hind foot 9. The body-weight varies between 2 and 6 kg. The Geoffroy’s cat is robustly built with stout legs. It has rather large rounded ears. The nose pad is pink with black margins, the iris amber to greenish grey, and the pupils contract into vertical slits.
The coat is short and soft. The ground colour above varies from clear grey to pale fulvous and deep cinnamon, covered lropardus numerous small black spots.
There are narrow black stripes on the neck, and two black stripes enclosing a whitish area on each side of the head. The back side of the ears is black with a large white central spot.
The underparts are whitish, cream or greyish and also marked with black spots. Melanistic specimens are common.
Geoffroy’s cat – Wikipedia
After a gestation period of days, the female gives birth to a litter of usually kittens. Geoffroy’s cats hunt leopqrdus rodents and lagomorphs, including introduced European brown hare.
In addition they take amphibians, reptiles, and birds. That the species has been exploited commercially since the international cat skin trade boomed in the late s, with nearlyskins exported from Argentina alone between and ? Trade volumes remained high into geoffrohi s. International trade has since declined.
No significant trade has been reported sincei. Transport crates should be sufficiently large to meet legal requirements and sufficiently strong to prevent escape or damage to the crate and animal.
Basic leopadrus should allow free flow of air through multiple sides of the container. Preferably, a double door design at least on one end of the crate should be used. The “inner” door should have bars or leopaddus mesh to contain the animal, and the “outer” door should consist of a thin panel of expanded metal or plywood that provides safety for the handlers and isolation for the animal.
The doors should travel vertically to facilitate animal transfer and contain a secure geoffroti system. The crate should drain well, and absorbent bedding should be used to prevent the animal from being exposed to or lying in urine or excreta. The shipment should be organised in a way to minimise stress. The animal should have access to its transport crate for 2 weeks before shipmentpreferably being fed within it.
If an extended trip is anticipated, water and food as may be required should be provided while the animal is in transit. Geoffroy’s cats are not yet a threatened species in the wild and are not so commonly kept by zoos outside their range states.
Keeping of this species is primarily for educational purposes. Because of their small size they can be reasonably well presented even if only limited space is available. Fr En Es Members’ Area. Distribution Range Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay Habitat Grasslands, arid shrub and woodlands, and alpine saline desert Wild population Estimated at below 50, mature breeding individuals, with a declining trend.
Zoo population 73 reported to ISIS Why do zoos keep this animal Geoffroy’s cats are not yet a threatened species in the wild and are not so commonly kept by zoos outside their range states.