Project Description

Margay

Margays are distinct arboreal dwellers and excellent climbers. When a margay climbs the trunk of a tree, it does so with its head down. Most cats go the other way. A margay can also move upside down with ease, hanging from all four legs. As one of the few cats, the margay is able to throw itself on prey from a branch without putting a paw on the ground. This animal is active both during the day and at night. Margays are solitary, although they temporarily live as couples during the mating season.

Margays are not common anymore and fortunately now belong to the protected animal species.

(photo: Gustao Zea)