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  • THE MARGAY(LEOPARDUS WIEDII) Grade:6 Fessenden School By : Paige Milner
  • SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATIONS• Common name: Margay• Kingdom: Animalia• Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrate)• Class: Mammalia• Order: Carnivora• Family: Felidae• Genus: Leopardus• Species: Leopardus wiedii
  • • The Margay has tawny or a brownish yellow background colouring, patterned with black-ringed rosettes which are circles with colored insides or pale inside,and stretched APPEARANCE blotches• Weighs about 9-20 pounds• Very similar to the ocelot but is smaller• Long slender body, strong paws, and claws• White fur runs along the belly to the throat• It has a long tail and a black stripe along both cheeks below its eyes• 45 cm long tail• Its colour helps it camouflage at night• Large round eyes (Nocturnal)• Fur is very thick• Its long tail helps stabilize the margay as it moves on the ground or in the trees ocelot
  • HABITAT• The Margay lives in Mexico, Peru, parts of Paraguay, the northern parts of Argentina, the Amazon basin, Uruguay, Belize and Brazil• They live in remote and dense areas of the rainforest• They are extinct in Texas• Lives mostly lives in the trees andhardly ever goes on the ground• They are solitary creatures witch means they live on their own• They sleep on tree branches, hallow caves ,dense vegetation or tree crooks
  • LIFE CYCLE• The Margays are usually born in a litter 1-2 and weight about 2.75-6 ounces at birth• They open there eyes at 2 weeks• The Margay kittens are taught to hunt at the age of 8 weeks• They are mature enough to have kittens at the age of 2 years old and the gestation period takes between 75-85 days• The females can have kittens between March and June• The males leave before the kittens are born and does not help with their raising• Females attract males with a long moaning sounds, the males respond by yelping or making trilling sounds and also rapidly shaking there heads side to side.• They live for about 15 years in the wild and live for about 20 years in captivity
  • Diet• They eat a whole bunch of things like …• Birds, monkeys, tree frogs, insects, opossums, porcupines, marmosets, capuchins, three toed sloths• They also supplement there diet with fruit• The Margay prefers staking or ambushing its prey• Margays also use mimicry to hunt animals
  • • Harpy Eagles, and other PREDATORS birds of prey, Cougars, Jaguars and other jungle cats eat the margay• Humans are also one of the biggest predators of the Margay
  • HOW DOES THE MARGAY HELP THE• Margays help the ENVIRONMENT environment by controlling the population of birds, insects, and all the other animals that they eat• Margays also help the environment by being food for bigger animals
  • HOW DO HUMANS IMPACT THE MARGAY• Humans impact the margay by killing them for there coats and sometimes for pet trade• Humans also impact them by cutting down the rainforest• There are only about 10 000 margays left in the wild
  • WHAT CAN WE DO TOHELP THE MARGAYSURVIVE • We can help them by stopping people from cutting down trees in there habitats • Stop hunting them for there fur and pet trade • There is also an international protection over the Margay but local men and woman still hunt them illegally
  • FACTS• Margays can turn their ankles 180 degrees• They can jump 12 feet or 4 meters horizontally• They can walk head first down trees• They can hang upside down from a branch with one foot• They don’t usually bother humans except for stealing livestock and chickens• “There was a sub-fossil specimen of the Margay dated back to 2 400 BC found in a tidal marsh near the mouth of the Sabine river”
  • MORE FACTS• Scientists don’t yet know how the margays communicate with each other• Their kitten mortality rate is 50%• Margays mimic monkeys• They are extremely quick• The margay is also known as a long tailed spotted cat and the tree ocelot
  • REFERENCES• http://bigcatrescue.org/2011/margay-facts• http://www.ecology.info/ecology-ocelot-margay.htm• http://www.tigerhomes.org/wild-cats/wc-margay.cfm• http://www.saczoo.org/document.doc?id=37• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margay• http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/bco/margay.htm• http://www.amersol.edu.pe/ms/7th/7block/jungle_research/new_car ds/23c/Report23c.htmlI couldnt have done it with out these websitesThank you
  • BOOK REFERENCES-Smithsonian Institution, animal, The definitive visual guide ,Written by-DavidBernie and Don E Wilson
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