What kind of animal is the Andean cat? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is the Andean cat, a member of the Carnivora order, Felidae? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. This cat is distributed in Argentina, northern Chile, southern Peru, and Bolivia, but it is still a cat with many mysteries, and there are many things that need to be researched and renamed.

What is an Andean cat? About basic status

The Andean cat is a carnivorous animal classified in the genus Ocelot, family Felidae, order Carnivora. The body length is 57-65 cm, the tail length is 28-40 cm, and the weight is 3.5-4 kg. The scientific name is Leopardus jacobita.

English(英名)Andean mountain cat
scientific name(学名)Leopardus jacobita
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、 Felidae、Leopardus

About classification

The Andean wildcat belongs to the ocelot genus.

What is the population like?

The Andean wildcat inhabits and is distributed in South America, including Argentina, Peru, and Chile.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The Andean cat is densely covered with soft fur, and the fur on its back is grayish brown. There are black spots on the abdomen and limbs, and the ears are large and rounded. Andean cats live at altitudes between 3,000 and 5,000 meters. They are usually solitary and are likely to act freely like other domestic cats.

What is the ecology like?

The Andean cat is a carnivore, subsisting on small mammals and birds. The reproductive form is viviparous. The details of their ecology are not known, but according to observations by local residents, the mating season is believed to be from July to August. Lifespan unknown.

Is the Andean cat an endangered species?

The Andean cat is listed as an endangered species. Furthermore, it is listed in Appendix I of the Washington Convention, which imposes very strict restrictions on international trade. The species is known to be threatened by factors such as habitat loss and degradation, hunting, and disease, and the estimated population is less than 2,000 individuals. The Andean Cat Alliance was founded in 2003 by representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. As a result, conservation efforts have begun.

Can Andean cats be kept?

As mentioned above, they are in a very dangerous condition, so it is impossible for the general public to keep them. You won’t even see them in zoos.


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