MARGAY (Leopardus wieddii)
The margay is a solitary feline of the forest. This specie is sensitive to human presence and fragmentation of the habitat, reason why the populations of margays in the wild are declining. The margays are hunted for their fur and also they are pursued and killed by the locals since they are considered to be dangerous for their introduced domestic animals.
In nature they have arboreal and terrestrial habit. In Paseo de los Monos we have rescued two specimens who were orphans and suffered from mistreatment and captivity. Today, both margays are living under our care in native forest where they are protected from hunters.
Conservation status: Endangered
Longevity in captivity: 20 years