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Mammalogy Contacts

Jorge Velez-Juarbe, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals

Jim Dines, Ph.D.
Collections Manager
(213) 763-3400

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Curatorial Assistant
(213) 763-3369



Leopardus wiedii (Schinz, 1821)

Margay diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Near Concordia in Sinaloa, Mexico

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Margays are notable for their climbing prowess in trees. They are capable of hind-foot reversal, and may suspend themselves from their rear feet during descent like a squirrel. Active during day and night. Leopardus wiedii appears to be asocial, with temporary pair bonds formed during the breeding season. Home range size 5 to 15 square miles.

Biological Information

Range map for the margay


Northeastern Mexico to southern Panama and south to northern Argentina


Wet savanna, tropical rain forest and deciduous tropical forest




Monkeys, squirrels, sloths, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for margay.