We have established the Geoffroy’s Cat Project as a flagship program, featuring our first long-term conservation partnership working in tandem with the Geoffroy’s Cat Working Group (GCWG). The FCF raises funds that directly support the GCWC’s initiatives. Geoffroy’s cats living in FCF member facilities contribute to research into the health and habits of this little-known cat.
Geoﬀroy’s Cat Working Group
The Geoﬀroy’s Cat Working Group (GCWG) is a network of conservation practitioners, researchers and enthusiasts that aim to help the survival of Geoﬀroy’s cat wild populations and preserve natural habitat across their entire distribution range. The network, created in 2020, maintains 30 projects, 17 of which include mitigation action initiatives to actively protect these cats. The group includes more than 40 members spread across the six countries where this species lives.
Current Action Plans to Protect Geoffroy’s Cats
- Awareness and educational programs with local children to reduce future threats
- Surveys and monitoring of wildcat populations in diﬀerent regions of their distribution
- Alignment and application of government policies (local, regional, and national)
- Creating partnerships and funding for existing rescue, rehabilitation, and release facilities
- Actions to reduce pedestrian accidents (speed reducer, fences, crossing signs, etc.)
- Reduction of conﬂicts by using social media to raise public awareness and carry out environmental education campaigns in local communities
WORLD GEOFFROY’S CAT DAY!
January 28th is World Geoﬀroy’s Cat Day! Celebrated for the first time in 2021, the goal of World Geoffroy’s Cat Day is to highlight these beautiful, small cats by increasing awareness and knowledge of them, and encourage donations to worthy conservation programs.
You Can Help Geoffroy’s Cats
- Participate in World Geoffroy’s Cat Day by following, sharing, and liking on all media outlets
- Donate to the Feline Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Fund
- Purchase conservation kits in gift shops at participating facilities
- Learn all you can about these wonderful felines and share what you learn with your friends and family
- Eliminate deforestation from your diet. Beef, coffee, oranges, coco, soybean, and palm oil are main drivers of deforestation in the Amazon basin. Look for labels that indicate the foods you buy are sustainably produced and buy you meat and produce locally when possible.