Kodkod, Chilean cat
Kodkods are particularly at risk of habitat loss as they have a restricted distribution.
Kodkods live for up to 11 years.
Body length: 40-52cm, Tail length: 17-23cm, Shoulder height: unknown, Weight: 2-3kg. Kodkods are the smallest American cat.
Kodkods have a small head, large feet and a thick tail. They vary in colour from brownish-yellow to grey-brown with dark spots, a ringed tail and a pale underside. Black forms are quite common. They also have a dark band across their throat but few markings on the face.
Kodkods inhabit Central and South Chile, and West Argentina.
Their preferred habitat is bamboo, coniferous, broadleaf and mixed forest; and scrubland, particularly near water.
Kodkods prey on small rodents and birds. They have been reported to raid hen houses.
Kodkods are thought to be nocturnal and partially arboreal, but little is known of their habits.
Females give birth to 1-3 kittens after a gestation period of 72-73 days.
The IUCN classify kodkods as Vulnerable, and they are on CITES: Appendix II. They are particularly at risk of habitat loss as they have a restricted distribution. Fox hunting (dogs and traps) is also a potential threat to their populations.