The Mysterious Jaguarundi

The world knows about lions, tigers, jaguars and cheetahs.

And among wildlife enthusiasts, cougars, leopards, lynx bobcats, servals and a caracals are well known.

But have you heard of the jaguarundi?

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It is a small, unique-looking cat that lives in a wide range of areas from the Southern United States into the jungles of South America.

I was blessed with a jaguarundi sighting in 2002 which deeply sparked my interest in the species and that interest just went up to another level after a visit to the Bear Creek Feline Center in Panama City, Fla.

Operated by Jim Broaddus, it is the only facility I know of who have an active breeding program for the rare species in the United States with a number of specimens on the property. Broaddus and his crew have a real passion for jaguarundis and we will be partnering with them at an educational level for future projects.

Yoda Thief
“Yoda” one of the jaguarundis from the Bear Creek Feline Center. Courtesy Photo.

There will be more articles coming soon. Until then visit, Bear Creek Feline Center’s jaguarundi page.

Chester Moore, Jr.


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