Leopardus – American wild cats
Mini leopard-like, tree-dwelling cats from the Americas
Leopardus is a genus of small cats native to the Americas, spread out over most of South America and the southern tip of the United States of America.
These small cats have spotted fur in brown, yellow, and grey shades. An interesting distinguishing feature between them and other felines is that they have 36 chromosomes instead of the usual 38.
Most are arboreal, finding shelter, protection, and good vantage points for seeking out prey from the high branches of trees. They are carnivorous and primarily nocturnal, often hunting small mammals like rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.
Many species are threatened, vulnerable, or endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and loss of prey.
Species in this genus
One of the rarest wild cats, until recently, most data about them were collected from 2 photographs, 3 skull samples, and 14 skin samples
One of the smallest cats, native to central and southern Chile-Argentina
Beneath its fierce exterior lies a tender heart, as it is also known for its loving nature toward its young
A majestic predator that rules the jungle with its stunning stripes, fierce hunting skills, and impressive vocalization abilities
These wild cats are cute, intelligent, agile, and well-adapted to inhabiting tropical and subtropical forests
Survival of the fittest? This cat takes it to a whole new level, always ready to pounce and conquer any habitat
Small but mighty, this cat is a stealthy predator that swims, climbs and hunts with sass and style
They are picky eaters, often plucking off all the furs or feathers of the prey before start eating them
With a purrfect physique and sharp instincts, this cat reigns supreme as the ultimate predator of the wetlands