Marechal Safari Cats is now located in South Carolina
Introducing The Safari Cat
The Safari cat is a relatively new hybrid breed that is created using the exotic Geoffroy
cat. The Safari cat is a fun loving, always on the go cat that you won't find
resting very often. They are very rare, with less than 100 having been registered
in The International Cat Association as of February 2013. We are currently successful in breeding
the F1 and F2 generations and hope to start with 3rd (F3) generation breeding in 2013 with our new F2 girl Lickit SM'ears from Colette at Cocoa's Pride.
There are very few actual Safari breeders around but there are a number of people that claim the cats they are selling are Safari cats. These cats are VERY, VERY hard to breed. Your Safari cat should look similar in coat to a Geoffroy cat. Be very careful of scams when researching this breed. I have been working with them for close to 11 years as of 2013 and would be happy to look at any photos that are presented to you as Safari cats and offer my opinion on that photo. Two breeders I can recommend are Colette at Cocoa's Pride in
Washington and Kim at Tuminello Exotics in Florida. I have seen many Bengal cats labeled and sold as Safari cats as well as plain domestic cats so do your research!
History of the Safari Cat Breed
Safari cats were originally bred back in the 1970's for use
in Leukemia research by Washington State University. Breeding the Safari cat is
difficult due to the difference in the number of chromosomes in the breeds used.
The domestic cat carries 38 chromosomes, while the Geoffroy has only 36
chromosomes. The side effect of this difference in the two breeds is that
the F1 Safari cat ends up with an odd number of chromosomes (37) which seems to
increase size dramatically. A Geoffroy cat is normally between 5 lbs -
10lbs, the F1 male offspring tend to get close to 20 lbs. We have not noticed
any increase in size in the F2 generation, they are normal domestic cat sized or in the case of female, they are small like the Geoffroy cat.
F1 Safari Cat Female
NOT ship our Safari cats out of the United States.
F2 Safari Cat Female Kitten
About Marechal Cattery
We are a "hybrid" cattery specializing in the Chausie, Bengal, Safari
and Savannah domestic breeds. In Safari Cats we are currently breeding the
F1 and F2 generations and hope to move into F3's in 2013.
NOTE: Not all cats on premises, some used for reference
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The International Cat Association: TICA
Cattery Number 14319
International Progressive Cat Breeders
Alliance Registered Cattery
United Feline Organization Cattery Number 2178
American Cat Fanciers Association Cattery Number
Signer of the Voluntary Responsible Breeder
Program and the Breeder Code of Ethics
Savannah International Member Breeder
Feline Conservation Federation
Registered Exotic Cat Handler