The jaguarundi is the second smallest of Belize’s wild cats and is known for its coat color which varies from black to a yellowish-red. They have a flattened head and are sometimes called the weasel cat because of their resemblance to that family.

Jaguaundis are helpful because they control small agricultural pests such rabbits, mice and rats. While not endangered globally, the jaguarundi is vulnerable to deforestation and loss of habitat.

Jaguarundis can produce up to 13 different sounds, including whistles, purrs and bird-like chirps. They are also known to leap more than six feet in the air to catch a flying bird.

Check out this video of a jaguarundi in the wild.


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