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Margay Facts

MARGAY Common Name: Margay Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Leopardus) Species: wiedii Misc.: Of all of the felines, the Margay is most adapted for a true arboreal life. It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180° , enabling it to run head first down trees like squirrels. It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot! Sub-species: Size and Appearance: This cat is often confused with its near relatives the Ocelot and Read More

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Kodkod Guigna Facts

Kodkod or Guigna Common Name: Kodkod or GuignaKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Oncifelis)Species: guignaPhoto By          Dr. Gerardo Acosta J.Chilean Veterinarian and Master in ScienceMisc.: Description and behaviour:  The kodkod or guigna (pronounced gwee-nya) is the smallest of the felids in the Americas and weighs 2.2 kg.   It is a brownish coloured cat with a heavily spotted coat.  It is very similar to the Geoffroy Cat in appearance and some even believe Read More

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Jaguarundi Facts

Jaguarundi Common Name: Jaguarundi Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Felis) Species: yaguarondi Sub Species: (herpailurus yaguarondi fossata) Guatemalan Jaguarundi(H.y. cacomitli) gulf coast jaguarundi  (H.y. panamensis) Panamanian jaguarundi (H.y. toleteca) Sinaloan jaguarundi Misc.: While Jaguarundis are not native to the south-eastern United States, it is believed that a feral population exists in Florida, established from an introduced population Read More

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Iriomote Cat Facts

Iriomote Cat Common Name: Iriomote Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus) Species: bengalensis iriomotensis Photo by C. Allan Morgan Misc.: This cat was originally thought to be a unique species based on some of its characteristics and the fact that it is limited to the Iriomote Island . Today, however, it is classified as a subspecies of the Leopard Cat. Because it is still being debated where this cat actually belongs in the taxonomic classification Read More

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Golden Cat Facts

African Golden Cats (see Asian below) Common Name: African Golden Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Profelis) Species: aurata  Photo By: Christina Loke Misc.: This cat was originally classified as 2 distinct species due to color variations. The red phase was called the "Golden" cat, while the gray phase was called the "Silver" cat. Today, they are recognized as a single species with 2 color variations. It is referred to in some areas Read More

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Pallas Cat Facts

Pallas Cat Common Name: Manul  (a.k.a. Pallas’s Cat)Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Octocolobus)Species: manulMisc.: Peter Pallas who first described this cat, erroneously suggested that it was the ancestor of the Persian breeds of domestic cats because of its long fur, stocky build and flattened face. Captive Pallas’s cats have lived up to 11.5 years Size and Appearance: This small cat weighs in between 5 – 9 lb. with a head and body length of 19.5 – Read More

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Flat Headed Cat Facts

Flat Headed Cat Common Name: Flat Headed Cat KingdomAnimalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Prionailurus)                                               Photo by Anthony Bannister Species: planiceps Misc.: In captivity, it was discovered that these cats possess a "raccoon-like" quality and will wash objects in water. Size and Appearance: One of the most unique and unusual members of the cat family, the Flat Headed cat is ideally Read More

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Florida Panther Facts

Protect the Florida Panther or Lose Her Forever What is the Species? Puma concolor coryi. The Florida Panther is a subspecies of cougar that has adapted to the subtropical environment of Florida. How Many Panthers Are Left? Only 80 to 100 panthers still remain in Florida, making this one of the most rare and endangered mammals in the world. Where is their Habitat? Florida Panthers are usually found in pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and mixed swamp forests. Adult males may range over an area of 200 square miles, while females range Read More

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Bobcat

Common Name: BobcatKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)Class: MammaliaOrder: CarnivoraFamily: FelidaeGenus: Felinae (Lynx)Species: rufusSub-Species: L.r. escuinapae    Mexican bobcatMisc: This cat is named for its short tail. Size and Appearance: The Bobcat is a medium sized cat with a ruff of fur around the sides of the face. They weigh between 13-30 pounds, stand 21 inches high and are 30-50 inches long. The bobcats in the North tend to be larger than those in the south. Their coat color varies and has been recorded in shades Read More
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