The small spotted Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) is widespread and common throughout South America, however having once been the second most traded pelt after bobcats, it is still at risk from illegal poaching for the fur trade. There is also demand from the pet trade to interbreed Geoffroy's Cats with domestic cats to produce 'safari cats'. As with all the South American cats, clearing of natural forest habitat for farming is a major threat to their survival.

 

Geoffroy’s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) - Leopardus Lineage
Geoffroy's Cat, Zoo Karlsruhe, Germany
By Daf-de (GDFL, CC-BY-SA-3.0) via Wikimedia Commons
Note: Range is South America only (not Central) - slide to be corrected.

Quick Facts about Geoffroy's Cats

~ Widespread and common in South America ~

~  Spends time on the ground, trees and in water ~

~ Historically second most traded cat pelt in the fur trade ~


Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) Classification

The Geoffroy's Cat belong to the genus Leopardus and the full taxonomy, scientific classification or higher classification of the Geoffroy's Cat species (Leopardus geoffroyi) is as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)

Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)

Class: Mammalia (mammals)

Order: Carnivora (carnivores)

Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)

Family: Felidae (cats)

Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)

Genus: Leopardus

Species: Leopardus geoffroyi (Geoffroy's Cat)

Geoffroys Cat on branch

Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) Subspecies (lower classification)

Geoffroys Cats resting under foliage

The global conservation status for Geoffroy's Cats is Least Concern (LC) across all regions and subspecies. Four subspecies of Geoffroy's Cats were recognized in the past:

  • Leopardus geoffroyi geoffroyi - Central and south Argentina, Chile
  • Leopardus geoffroyi salinarum - North-west Argentina
  • Leopardus geoffroyi paraguae - Paraguay, Uruguay, north-east Argentina and south-east Brazil
  • Leopardus geoffroyi euxanthus - Bolivia and north Argentina

However the latest taxonomic revision (2017) found insufficient genetic evidence for subspecies differentiation and proposes a monotypic species.

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Geoffroy's Cat Conservation & Research

The following organizations are dedicated to research and conservation of the smaller cats of Latin America:

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Young Geoffroys Cat on branch

Geoffroys Cat crouching on branch

Geoffroy's Cat Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Geoffroy's Cats: