Figure 1. This photo was taken from a hide, at a water hole in the hills, in poor light. Exposure time 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800. The cat came silently, drank water, looked around for a few instances, and then disappeared without making a noise. The click of my camera did not attract its attention, and it did not notice my presence in the hide.
See description in Eisenberg and Redford 1999 for identification of the species.To top of page
Figure 2. Same individual as above.
Habitat: In RPPN Mãe-da-lua, I have repeatedly seen this cat at a waterhole in the hills of the reserve, in secondary arboreal caatinga.
Conservation: Many locals, and especially the older residents, know this species, whose brazilian name is "gato-pintado" or "gato-maracajá". It is considered edible, and the fur is sought after. To make things worse, the cat is also known to kill chicken. Consequently, the species is today close to extinction, and has been classified as "Vulnerable" by IUCN and the Brazilian authorities (Oliveira 2008).