Safari cat is a hybrid of the South American Geoffroys
cat. The Safari is an unusual animal that provides the
look of the wild with the affection rarely found in
the sweetest domestic.
of the first Safaris were bred in the early 1970s.
A limited number were produced for pets and a few were
produced for use in Leukemia research by Washington
Some would call the Geoffroys a smaller version of the
Margay or Ocelot. Coat color varies from black to silver-gray
to a deep orange, depending on geographic location.
They hunt for rodents, reptiles, birds and insects both
on the ground, as well as in trees. When hunting from
trees they sneak up on their prey, then drop from low
branches onto the prey. They are somewhat nocturnal,
hunting by night and sleeping in trees by day.
its native land the Geoffroys relationship
to man runs full circle; from a companion to an aid
in rodent control to an animal that is hunted for its
meat and pelt.
The pure Geoffroys cat requires an experienced owner
and the proper permits to own. Without a significant
amout of daily contact the pure Geoffroys will quickly
revert back to its wild ways. Few will remain
social with more than one or two people as they mature
and they should not be raised with young children.
possible alternative to the pure Geoffroys is the Safari
cat. The F1 Safari cats have turned out to be delightfully
gentle creatures. They are extremely rare and difficult
to produce. Breeding felines with a different number
of chromosomes has proven to limit the number of Safaris
that will ever be in existence. The domestic cat carries
38 chromosomes, while the Geoffroys possesses only 36
chromosomes. The positive side effect of this chromosomal
difference in the F1 Safaris (50% Geoffroys/50% domestic)
is that they carry an odd number of chromosomes (37)
which seems to increase size dramatically. One must
consider the uniqueness of an eight and a twelve pound
cat producing 25 plus pound offspring.