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Margay Range Map (North, Central & South America)
Margay Range Map
(North, Central & South America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Leopardus wiedi
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location N, C & S America
Colour Pale Brown with Dark Markings
Length 46 - 79 cms (18 - 31 inches)
Tail 33 - 51 cms (13 - 20 inches)
Weight 2.5 - 4 Kgs (5.5 - 8.75 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 18 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Margay have a body length between 46 and 79 cms (18 - 31 inches), a tail length between 33 and 51 cms (13 - 20 inches) and they weigh between 2.5 and 4 kgs (5.5 - 8.75 lbs). They are pale brown in colour with dark spots

They are known for their exceptional climbing abilities and they are able to run head first down a tree, or hang from a branch by one paw.


Margay can be found in forested areas of Mexico, Central and South America. They are solitary and mainly nocturnal. They have a home range between 15 and 43 Sq. Km (6 - 17 Sq. Miles).


Margay mainly feed on small mammals, birds, lizards, frogs, insects and eggs.


After a gestation period of 76 - 85 days, 1 - 2 young are born. Weaning begins at 2 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age.


Humans are predators of Margay.


Subspecies of the Margay include:

Leopardus wiedii wiedii
Leopardus wiedii amazonicus
Leopardus wiedii pirrensis
Leopardus wiedii salvinius
Leopardus wiedii glauculus
Leopardus wiedii boliviae
Leopardus wiedii oaxacensis
Leopardus wiedii cooperi
Leopardus wiedii yucatanicus
Leopardus wiedii nicaraguae

Interesting Facts

Margay are also known as:
Tree Ocelot
Long-Tailed Spotted Cat

Only the Margay and the clouded leopard have the ankle flexibility to enable them to climb down trees head first.

Similar Animals

Andean Cat
Pampas Cat
Pantanal Cat
Geoffroy's Cat


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