The Central and South American wild cat family consists of nine small wild cat species with the recent splitting (2013) of the Oncilla (Tiger Cat) into two separate species. At this point we do not have enough information on either the Northern or Southern Tiger cat to write separate fact sheets, so we will keep the Oncilla fact sheet as one. The Cougar, or Puma as it is more usually known in South America, ranges from the Yukon in northern Canada to the southern tip of the South American continent.
Click on the names below the photos to read our South American cats fact sheets.
Small Cats of South America
|Andean Cat||Geoffroy’s Cat||Jaguarundi|
Big Cats of South America