Wildlife cam rare sighting of an Andean Mountain Cat, South America’s most Endangered wild cat.
Andean Mountain Cat
Genus: Leopardus (Total members of this genus: Pampas cat, Geoffrey’s cat, Guinea cat, Andean Mountain cat, Ocelot, Little Spotted cat, Margay cat)
Species: Leopardus jacobita
The Andean Mountain cat is also known as the Snow Leopard of the Andes. Less than 2500 Andean Mountain cats are believed to exist. It lives in the high altitude regions of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. It is found in the scrublands at the base of mountians and then all the way up beyond the treeline to 16,000 feet (4900 m). The Andean Mountain Cat is a very interesting looking feline. They are small (only a little bigger than a domestic cat) and they have these big long bushy tails (70% of their body length). The extra big tail provides counterbalance to the mountain cat while it negotiates rocky terrain. It has a buff base of fur and is covered in irregular dark rusty red spots and stripes. It lives in such remote habitat not much is known about it but it probably subsists primarily on mountain chinchilla (and a close relative, the vischacha) as well as other little creatures it can find up in there in the high mountains.