Jaguarundi

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
SuborderFeliformia
FamilyFelidae
SubfamilyFelinae
GenusHerpailurus
Binomial nameHerpuailurus yagouroundi

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The jaguarundi or eyra is a small wild cat found in North America and South America. It might also be called “gato colorado” or “tigrillo” in some Spanish speaking countries.

These wild cats usually reach between 53 to 77 cm in body length and tend to weigh between 3.5 and 9.1 kilograms. They have short legs, a long tail, and short, rounded ears. They can be blackish, brownish or foxy red, and are usually uniform in color.

The jaguarundi is found in southern Texas and coastal Mexico and ranges far south to northern Argentina. They are primarily diurnal and can climb on trees but prefer to hunt on the ground.

They feed on small animals they catch, usually small rodents, reptiles, and some birds. They are generally a solitary creature.