DescriptionThe Margay is a spotted cat native to Central and South America. It is a solitary nocturnal animal that prefers remote sections of the rainforest. The Margay is very similar to the Ocelot, although the head is a bit shorter, the tail is longer, and the spotted pattern on the tail is different. Most notably the Margay is a much more skillful climber than its relative, and it is called the Tree Ocelot because of this skill. Whereas the Ocelot mostly pursues prey (including venomous snakes) on the ground, the Margay may spend its entire life in the trees, leaping after and chasing birds and tasty monkeys through the treetops.
It is the only cat with the ankle flexibility necessary to climb head first down trees. Because of its long tail and oversized eyes, many cat fanciers consider the Margay to be the prettiest cat of all.