The Guina (Kodkod)

Scientific Name: Leopardus guigna
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Weight: 2-7 pounds

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The Guina is also referred to as the Kodkod, Chilean Cat, and Guigna. The Guina is the smallest cat in the Americas. It is a tiny, compact built species with relatively short limbs, and a thick, tubular bushy tail. The fur is greyish-brown to rich russet-brown marked with small, dark dab-like spots that coalesce into broken lines on the back and nape. The head is small and round with a compact face that is marked with dark cheep stripes, eyebrow markings, and prominent dark stripes under the eyes that border the muzzle. 


Guinas hunt mainly very small rodents especially several species of mice. Other prey include rats, small marsupials, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. 


This is largely unknown in the wild. Guinas experience very cold winters, which suggests seasonal breeding, although is is poorly known. In captivity, gestation is 72-78 days with a litter size of 1 to 3 kittens. 

Geographic Range

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