The Margay is a stunning species of feline that inhabits the rainforests of Central and South America. They are known for their love of exploration and their physical appearance, which closely resembles their relative, the Ocelot. Their exceptional climbing skills have earned them a reputation as one of the most skillful tree-dwelling felines in the region.
The Margay is a small wild feline that prefers to hunt during the night, similar to the Sand Cat. It is a solitary animal with a weight ranging from 6 to 20 pounds (2-9kg). The Margay has unique physical features that make it an excellent climber, including long legs, flexible joints, and a tail equal in length to its body. To avoid predators, it chooses to stay in trees, using its tail for balance and jumping effortlessly from branch to branch. Unlike other cats, the Margay can turn its ankles 180 degrees outward, allowing it to attach to two feet while using its front legs to catch food. The Margay’s big, round eyes provide excellent night vision, which glows brightly in the dark when hunting. These elusive creatures prefer living in remote and sparsely populated areas where they prey on various animals such as rats, opossums, birds, insects, monkeys, and squirrels.
The extraordinary wildcats are famous for their remarkable ability to live up to 20 years in captivity.