Iriomote Cat

Common Name(s): Iriomote Cat
Scientific Name: Felis [Mayailurus] Iriomotensis
Weight: 12 pounds
Head/Body: 23 inches
Tail: 8 inches
Subspecies: 1
Gestation: ~60 days
Status: Endangered
Estimated World Population: ~100

A very rare cat, discovered in 1964, the Iriomote cat has a long body with short legs and tail. Its coat is brown with lines on its neck that end at its shoulders and black spots that merge into lines on its flanks. Its ears are black with white spots.

The Iriomote cat may be found only on the small island of Iriomote, off the coast of Taiwan, where it hunts by night, from trees, and seeks birds and small mammals.

The discovery so recently of the Iriomote cat caused a considerable stir in zoological circles. It should be taken as notice that we certainly don’t know all there is to know.