Geoffroy's Cat

Human Impact

Geoffroy's cats have a "Near Threatened" status due to demand for pelts, house pet trade, and deforestation of their natural habitats. On the scale of endangerment, this is fairly low. The Geoffroy's cat is protected under CITES Appendix I, which restricts sale of pelts and pet trade. The size of the cat makes it seem harmless easier to keep than a large wild cat, so there is a high demand for these cats through the exotic pet trade. However, they are less popular in zoos, carnivals, and other attractions. They are also hybridized with domestic cats, and the combination is called a Safari cat.

Safari Cat

Safari Cat

Picture Credit

There are four known Geoffroy's Cats being kept in North Carolina at the Conservator's Center in Mebane, NC.