Photo of Pumas



The Puma (Puma concolor) is a large felid with a sleek, tan coat and a powerful build. Native to various habitats in Belize, including forests and mountains, these solitary cats are known for their adaptability and elusive nature.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Puma concolor
  • Habitat: Inhabits diverse landscapes in Belize, showcasing adaptability to different environments.
  • Diet: Carnivores, feeding on deer, capybaras, and small mammals; known for their stealthy hunting skills.
  • Behavior: Solitary and territorial; elusive and primarily nocturnal; play a crucial role in controlling prey populations and maintaining ecological balance in Belize.

Fun Facts

  • Pumas have very powerful hindlegs, and can make a vertical jump of over 15 feet
  • Their cubs are born with spots for camouflage, which they lose at around 3 months of age
  • The earliest common ancestor of this species came to the Americas from Asia 8.5 million years ago by crossing the Bering Land Bridge

Belize Zoo Trivia

The two pumas at the Zoo are females, and are named Princess and Freddie

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