A jaguarondi, also called the eyra cat, is a small-sized wild cat native to Central and South America. It is also found along the US/Mexico border. It is endangered. Locals say it makes a terrifying scream.
Ok, enough with the prehistoric beasties for now. This list is about living animals that are interesting on their own, but are seldom mentioned, and always overshadowed by their more famous, closest relatives.
Where present, swift foxes are indicators an intact grassland ecosystem. Conserving habitat for and populations of swift foxes benefits other wildlife species that share similar habitat, such as prairie dogs, ground squirrels, and grassland birds.