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Scientific Name:

Puma concolor


Canada through the USA, C and S America to the southern tip of Chile.


Carnivorous. Elks, deer, wild boars, porcupines, rabbits, hares, guanacos, domestic stock, snakes, small birds, fish.


Habitat:  Arid mountainous areas, tropical rainforest, cold coniferous forest

Gestation: 92-96 days, 1-6 cubs.

Social structure: solitary, coming together only to mate.

Weight: male 72kg, female 48kg

Dimensions: Length: 1.55 cm, height: 0.70cm

Estimated population in the wild: decreasing

Lifespan: ~20

Threats: Conflict with farmers who kill or poison them, to protect their livestock, habitat loss and degradation, prey reduction.

IUCN Status: Least concern


Did you know that:

  1. The Puma is the largest of the small cats.
  2. Unlike big cats, they are unable to roar but they can purr.
  3. They can jump 5.5 meters from the ground into a tree!

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