Gulf Coast Jaguarundi


Sinaloan Jaguarundi

The Gulf Coast Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi cacomitli) and the Sinaloan Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi tolteca) are both subspecies of the jaguarundi. They were first listed on the endangered species list on June 14, 1976. Similar to the Ocelot, the Gulf Coast and Sinaloan Jaguarundi live in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. They are small weasel-like cats with either a reddish coat or a charcoal gray. They weigh up to 16 pounds and are 3.5 feet long. In the Rio Grande Valley the Gulf Coast and Sinaloan Jaguarundi lives in dense thickets, which protect them from predators. They prey on rabbits, rodents, and have been known to jump up and knockdown low flying birds. They have a very high life expectancy, anywhere from16 to 22 years. They live such a long life because of their well-protected den. Their mating season is in November and December, and females give birth to 1 or 2 at a time. This picture of a jaguarundi was taken from the Cat Specialist Group at the IUCN (World Conservation Union) at

The Gulf Coast and Sinaloan Jaguarundi population is rapidly depleting from the destruction of their habitat. In the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the jaguarundi habitat is being cleared for farming and from the increased human population. Recently, the communities around the Rio Grande Valley have begun to replant native shrubs in order to restore their habitat. This picture comes from a site called Big Cats On Line, copyrighted by Andrew Garman which has some really nice photos at

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This page was developed by Steve Leone as a student project for Environmental Ethics, Phil 323, at the University of Arizona.
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Last update May 5, 1999.
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