Margay | Welsh Mountain Zoo


Leopardus wiedii

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Originating from South America, the Margay is considered one of the most mysterious members of the cat family. Similar in size to a small domestic cat, the Margay’s coat is brown and yellow with dark spots and stripes throughout. A fully protected species following a period of hunting and severe exploitation, the IUCN list the species as ‘near threatened’.

Native Range →

South America and Mexico

Natural Habitat  →

Forest regions

Diet  →


Life Expectancy  →

Unknown in the wild. Up to 20 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-2 kittens from a 76-84 day gestation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

Night, dusk and dawn

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, hunting

Fun fact

Unlike other cats, the Margay is able to move down trees, with its head going before feet (like squirrels). This is possible because they have flexible ankles that are able to rotate 180 degrees.

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