21 Rare Wild Cat Species You Probably Didn’t Know Exist


“We all know tigers lions cougars leopards or jaguars but there are a whole world of wild cats out there especially certain curious small” or rare species that you probably haven’t heard of before.

Cats evolved in the Felidae family 25 million years ago. Since then they have spread throughout the world and have adapted to the environments in which they live. However, they still have some features in common: like the furballs you have at home, they can only subsist on meat, they are carnivores. Apart from lions, there are few felines that show such eloquent type of social behavior, although some species hunt together or form some kind of colony. No wonder then that our domestic cats are often such independent souls!


(via:  fnordsensei )

#1 Manul or Gato de Pallas (Otocolobus Manul)

#2 Cat of the sands or the desert (Felis Margarita)

#3 Black-legged cat (Felis nigripes)

#4 Caracal (Caracal Caracal)

#5 Canada lynx (Lynx Canadensis)

#6 Borneo cat (Catopuma Badia)

#7 Pampas Cat (Leopardus Pajeros)

#8 Bengal Cat (Prionailurus Bengalensis)

#9 Serval (Leptailurus Serval)

#10 Fishing Cat (Prionailurus Viverrinus)

#11 Yaguarundí (Puma Yagouaroundi)

#12 Nebula Panther or Longibando Leopard (Neofelis Nebulosa)

#13 Maracayá or Margay (Leopardus Wiedii)

#14 Wild Cat (Felis Silvestris)

#15 Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus Planiceps)

#16 Güiña or Gato Colorado (Leopardus Guigna)

#17 Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

#18 Chinese Desert Cat or Biet’s Cat (Felis Silvestris Bieti)

#19 Rusty Cat (Prionailurus Rubiginosus)

#20 Asian Golden Cat (Catopuma Temminckii)

#21 Andean Cat or Chinchay (Leopardus Jacobita)


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