FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

cats

Elusive, solitary, and mainly nocturnal, cats belong to the Felidae family. Among the most difficult mammals to spot in the wild, these agile killers feed on living creatures, from fish, rodents, and small birds to deer and tapirs. Each species varies in size and coloration, yet all cats are shaped like their domestic cousins, with round heads, keen eyes, and prominent canines; large paws with long, retractable claws; and sinuous bodies, plus long tails that aid balance. Most are well adapted to hunt both on the ground and in trees.

TAXONOMY

Costa Rica is home to six felid (wild cat) species. These are ocelot, margay, oncilla, cougar (variously known as mountain ...

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