South American Cats

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 CatGeoffroy’s CatJaguarundi
OncillaPampas Cat

Big Cats of South America


See Also:

Photo Gallery – Cats of Argentina

Leopardus ID – Ocelot, Margay, Oncilla

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  1. I recently caught a Leopardus Guttulus or Leopardus Weidii on video on my land in the Atlantic Rainforest in the mountains of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, but I have been unable to identify which it is from the video. I wonder if anyone could help.

  2. Had read as a child about what used to be named the true panther. It showed a wild cat, medium sized, its habitat in the Far East. Liked to hunt in water and had a special sweet tooth for fish. To the present I have not been able to find it in the internet. Might be extinct? 🙁