Conservation of Geoffroy’s cat

Conservation of Geoffroy’s cat

Project Animal(s) : Geoffroy's cat(Leopardus geoffroyi)
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : South America
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

Since 1992 the Geoffroy’s cat is listed in Appendix I of CITES. It is fully protected across its range. Hunting and trade are prohibited in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.Retaliation killing for poultry predation and habitat loss and fragmentation are considered to be the main threats. In many regions of South America livestock farming is widespread leading to habitat changes and may also negatively impact prey populations. Although the Geoffroy’s cat has a flexible diet and seems to tolerate moderate levels of deforestation, major habitat alterations are a threat.

Although the Geoffroy’s cat is considered to be relatively common, its status is not well known and it is difficult to judge the actual impact of threats. Further research is therefore needed to assess how tolerant and robust the Geoffroy’s cat really is to habitat changes. It is important to protect its habitat, improve anti-poaching activities, and raise awareness about the correct management of domestic cats and dogs.

Project Agency : Cat Specialist Group

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