The jaguarundi has short legs, an elongated body, and a long tail. The ears are short and rounded. The coat is not spotted and uniform in color, with, at most, a few faint markings on the face and underside. The coat can be either blackish to brownish-grey (grey phase) or foxy red to chestnut (red phase); individuals of both phases can be born in the same litter. It has a total length of 53 to 77 cm (21 to 30 in) with a tail 31 to 60 cm (12 to 24 in) long, and weighs 3.5 to 9.1 kg (7.7 to 20 lb).
The two color phases were once thought to represent two distinct species: the grey one called jaguarundi and the red one called eyra.
Location: Hamerton Zoo
Photographer: B Williams