The name Geoffroy’s Cat is unusual as it is named after French naturalist, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, “who identified Geoffroy’s Cat as a different species” (src: Wikipedia) whilst a professor of zoology when in Paris, France. The middle name is a Germanic version of the more familiar Geoffrey. This, I am sure causes problems when searching for information! The scientific name is easier: Leopardus geoffroyi.
OK, down to work. Here is a picture by a Flickr photographer of the Geoffroys cat:
Geoffroy’s Cat by treviño
This cat has a striking tabby
This wild cat species weighs between 4 to 9 lbs (2-4 kgs) to a maximum of about 18 lbs, which is similar to an average domestic cat (see Largest Domestic Cat Breed) although 18 lbs is at the top end of the domestic cat range (Maine Coons and Savannahs). It is considered “a small solitary felid (4.3 kg)” by IUCN Red List for Threatened Species™.
It has been crossed with a domestic cat to produce the wild cat hybrid, the Safari Cat, a relatively little known wild cat hybrid that is a domestic cat. However, there are difficulties in creating this wildcat hybrid.
Geoffroy’s Cat from Wikimedia Commons file and reproduced under license. Author: Daf-de. Taken at Zoo Karlsruhe, Germany.
This species is considered Near Threatened, which means:
“…..a conservation status assigned to species or lower taxa that may be considered threatened with extinction in the near future, although it does not currently qualify for the threatened status. As such the IUCN notes the importance of re-evaluating Near Threatened taxa often or at appropriate intervals.” (src: Wikipedia reproduced verbatim under license).
The future threat as described by the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species™ (Red List) is that it might, in the future, be reclassified because of a threat to survival from “habitat conversion”. This must refer to habitat loss for commercial reasons such as logging and farming. The population, unsurprisingly, is decreasing.
Update Dec 2017. Now classified as LEAST CONCERN. This indicates an improvement in the survivability of the species in the wild. I am surprised to see this.
The range of this cat species:
And it is found in the above areas from sea level to 3,300 meters above sea level.
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Update: I have prepared a map on this cat’s distribution. Here is a small version of it:
View Geoffroy’s cat range in a larger map
See this custom map in large format plus more on this page: Geoffroy’s Cat Range
Within these counties there are a wide range of habitats from subtropical to temperate, where this cat is found, namely:
Chile – Torres del Paine a habitat for Geoffroy’s Cat. Photo by vtveen
It favours denser cover and arid to semi-arid landscape but is sometimes found in wetlands. As to the size of this cat’s home range:
As to diet, this is varied and depends on location:
Photo published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons License — this site is for charitable purposes in funding cat rescue. By static-photo
Threats to survival in the wild can be summarized as:
Protection for Geoffroy’s Cat also comes from reserves and it is listed in CITES Appendix I – definition:
[Appendix I] lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants….They are threatened with extinction and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species except when the purpose of the import is not commercial….(src: CITES, quoted verbatim for accuracy)
Sources/Reference: Red List, Wikipedia, PoC
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