Margay, tree ocelot
Margays are excellent climbers and spend more time in the trees than on the ground.
L.w.amazonicus, L.w.boliviae, L.w.cooperi, L.w.glauculus, L.w.nicaraguae, L.w.vigens, L.w.wiedi, L.w.yucatanicus.
Margays live for up to 20 years.
Body length: 45-79cm, Tail length: 33-51cm, Shoulder height: 30-45cm, Weight: 3.2kg.
Margays have a thick yellowish-brown coat with a white underside. They have diagonal stripes of rosettes and bands across their flanks, and wide rings on their long tail. The head is broad with large, round ears and they have long limbs with wide, flexible paws.
Margays are found from North Mexico to North Argentina.
Margays live in the forest.
They hunt small mammals such as rats, squirrels, opossums, porcupines and monkeys; as well as birds and insects.
Margays are nocturnal and arboreal, which avoids them having to compete with the terrestrial, diurnal ocelot. They are excellent climbers and spend more time in the trees than on the ground. They can hang from branches by their hind feet and run straight down tree-trunks head first. Adaptations include broad, soft feet with mobile toes, and the hind feet can rotate 180 degrees.
Females give birth to 1-2 kittens after a gestation period of about 80 days. Kittens weigh about 84g at birth.
Margays are not listed by the 2000 IUCN Red List, but on CITES: Appendix I. They are naturally rare but are endangered by fur hunting and deforestation.