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This is my Story...

After being confiscated by the Police between the border of Costa Rica and Panama as a victim of the illegal pet trade, I was brought to the center malnourished and weak.

When I first arrived at the JRC I would hang out in the trees all day long with Tigruli (another margay in their care). Tigruli was strong, fast, and in very good condition, ultimately he decided it was his time to leave the area to start his life in the wild, and obviously, I wanted to follow him.

However, I was not as prepared for the wildlife as Tigruli and came back after 3 days. As I grew and gained more skills, I would roam the area surrounding the JRC.

On one occasion, I returned to the center and started to hunt some of the other free-roaming residents living here.

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Your symbolic adoption of $105 per month helps us with: Food, Medicine, Maintenance, Care and Enrichment of enclosures.

By symbolically adopting one of these amazing animals you will receive: (1) a personalized certificate of adoption and (2) the background story of the animal you adopted with photos (please note that we send all documents in PDF format via Email).

MARGAY(Leopardus wiedii)

The margay is a small cat, somewhat bigger than a large domestic cat, its coat varying in color from grayish brown to tawny yellow and marked with rows of open rosettes and dark spots.

The cat’s fur is relatively soft and thick, and, unusually, grows “in reverse” on the back of its neck, instead, slanting forwards. This animal has much individual variation in its beautiful coat pattern.

Habits and Lifestyle

The margay is a solitary and primarily nocturnal animal. It is an agile and excellent climber and can descend headfirst from a tree or hang by one hind foot from a branch. It mainly rests and sleeps in trees, making its nests in hollows, and is regarded as being more arboreal and better adapted to living in trees than other species of cat.

Margays, like most cats, are territorial. Their home ranges to some extent may overlap, but individual animals keep their distance from one other.

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Population threats

Habitat destruction is the major threat to the margay, through deforestation. Illegal hunting in some areas is a continuing problem, and margays are also illegally captured for the pet trade.


The margay’s ankles can rotate 180 degrees, which allows it to jump from tree to tree and hang onto branches efficiently, a distinctive characteristic that also means it can climb down a tree trunk headfirst.

When jumping over distance, margays fling all of their four legs out, as a squirrel does. Their long tail and their large paws help to keep balance.

Only margays and clouded leopards have enough flexibility of their ankles to facilitate climbing down trees headfirst.