Photo of Margays



The Margay (Leopardus wiedii) is a small wild cat with a spotted coat and a slender build. Native to Belize, these agile cats are known for their arboreal lifestyle and distinctive markings.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Leopardus wiedii
  • Habitat: Inhabits the forests of Belize, demonstrating exceptional tree-climbing abilities.
  • Diet: Primarily carnivorous, feeding on birds, small mammals, and insects.
  • Behavior: Nocturnal and solitary; their arboreal adaptations and keen hunting skills contribute to their survival in the diverse ecosystems of Belize.

Fun Facts

  • Margays have very flexible ankles that can rotate 180 degrees. This allows them to jump from tree to tree, hang onto branches efficiently, and climb down a tree trunk headfirst.
  • They use their long tails as counterweights for stability and balance high up in the forest trees.
  • A margay’s tail is more than half as long as its body.
  • Margays are ambush hunters; they will stay in one spot and wait for the best moment to strike vulnerable prey.

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