Fun Fact Friday
The Margay is a small cat native to Central and South America that is listed as near threatened by the IUCN since 2008 because remaining populations are thought to be declining due to loss of habitat following conversion of forests. The Margay will grow to weigh between 5.7 and 8.8 lbs with a body length of 19 - 31 inches. The Margay is a solitary and nocturnal cat. It lives foremostly in primary evergreen and deciduous forest. Margays are midway in size between the Ocelot and the Oncilla. Their soft, plush coat is brownish yellow through tan, with black spots, stripes and blotches running lengthwise along their body.
The belly, chest, throat, chin, and insides of the legs are a snowy white. On the Margay as on the Ocelot, the fur turns forward in the nape region, and the hairs on the neck are directed towards the crown. They have two dark cheek stripes on each side of the face. Their tail is very long, as much as 70% of the body length, and marked with broad rings and a black tip. The backs of the large, rounded ears are black with a white central spot. Their eyes are enormous and dark brown.
Margays are the wizards of the treetops and are beautifully adapted to their habitat. A very unique characteristic allows them to move and hunt more effectively in the trees. Their broad, soft feet and mobile toes allow them to hang from trees limbs by one hind foot and their flexible ankles can rotate the foot 180° outward. They are exceedingly quick and even during the fall they can grab a hold of a branch with one front or hind paw and climb up again. Broad soft feet provide a good platform for jumping and an effective gripping surface for climbing.
Their exceptionally long heavy tail aids in balancing and moving from tree to tree. In some areas Margays hunt, sleep and even have their young in trees. When they do descend the trees, they walk slowly headfirst down the trunk unlike most who rush down or descend hind feet first. Read the full fun fact on our Facebook page!
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