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Margay

By Rani Iyer




Margay

Scientific Name: Leopardus wiedii

It’s not a monkey, yet it lives on trees. This creature is a great imitator and mimics the call of other animals. And this creature leaps and chases monkeys and birds on treetops. Can you guess the animal?

Here is another clue. The fur of this creature is honey colored with rows of black rosettes and longitudinal streaks. Did you say a cat? Yes! You are right. This creature is called Margay (Leopardus wiedii).

You can see Margay in rainforests from Mexico to Argentina. Watch out! Like a monkey, the Margay can hang from the branches and climb down head first from trees. It is a small cat, about 4 kg (9 lbs) and 79 cm long (31 inches). The tail has a black tip with many dark bands.

Margay is nocturnal and lives alone. A tired, resting Margay, rests in clumps of lianas that is difficult to climb on. The cat feeds on monkeys, birds, lizards, squirrels, tree frogs, and eggs. Margay comes down to the ground, when moving between hunting areas. When on the ground, they eat cane rats and guinea pigs.

Each Margay requires about 16 square km (6.2 square miles) to live well in the forest. As forests are disappearing, Margay is becoming rare. In the past, Margay was found in Texas. Today they are extinct in Texas. Margay will be lost forever if we don’t save forests or stop hunting them.

Here are some ideas to incorporate Margay in lessons: roythezebra.com

Margay

Margay sleeping atop a tree branch
Margay sleeping atop a tree branch


Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)


Margay sleeping atop a tree branch
Margay sleeping atop a tree branch


Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)


Margay sleeping atop a tree branch
Margay sleeping atop a tree branch


Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)


Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)


Margay at the Belize Zoo
Margay at the Belize Zoo


Margay sleeping atop a tree branch
Margay sleeping atop a tree branch




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