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Pampas Cat (Oncifelis Colocolo)

This is a juvenile Pampas Cat, photographed at about 13,500 feet (4100 meters). The adults aren’t much bigger than this little one, so you can imagine how small these cats really are. At between 6.5 and 9 lbs (3-4 kg) they are smaller than your house cat.
Their numbers are decreasing due to mining, loss of prey, and direct persecution among other threats.

This image is part of Cat in Thin Air, a photojournalistic project showcasing the endangered Andean Mountain Cat with concrete goals to help its conservation.

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Cat of the month

Jaguarondi (Herpailurus Yagouaroundi)

The jaguarundi (Herpailurus Yaguarondi) is a medium-sized wild cat. Not related to the jaguar, though the name seems to say otherwise, but it’s closely related to the cougar (puma) and also to the cheetah. It has short legs and an appearance somewhat like an otter; the ears are short and rounded. The coat is unspotted, uniform in colour, and varying from blackish to brownish grey (grey phase) or from foxy red to chestnut (red phase). The cat’s ranges from Southern Texas to South America.

As this cat is closely related to the much larger and heavier cougar, evident by its similar genetic structure and chromosome count count, the jaguarundi is also said to be in the genus Puma although it is more often classified under a separate genus, Herpailurus. Until recently both cats were classified under the genus Felis.

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