Jaguars, Pumas and Ocelots...
Costa Rican Wild Cat Facts


Did you know?

Wild cats, those like margays, pumas and ocelots - live in the jungles and rainforests of Costa Rica.

And yes - while visiting the Rich Coast, observing and photographing these beautiful animals out in their natural environment, would most definitely be a highlight...

Unlike some of the other popular creatures, ones such as sloths, monkeys and coatis - very likely to encounter in the wild...

Nocturnal felines, with their keen sense of smell - and coupled with the fact that much fewer exist, due to land encroachment and poaching over time...

Costa Rica Monkeys
Jaguars Hunt at Night - and are Especially Active at Dawn and Dusk

Are not so easy to spot!

And yes - spots...

The jaguar - very top of the food chain in Costa Rica, and by far one of the most gorgeous animals on the planet...

Can be especially difficult to find.

Even some of the many people I've met - tour guides in remote cat-populated areas like Tortuguero National Park, and the Corcovado - time in the jungle for years...

Have said just how lucky they feel - to have had even only a couple sighting experiences, over the years.

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Well, more on felines - fun and interesting "cat facts", six different species in total - please click on any of the following links to learn more...







Jaguar

Jaguar   |   Panthera onca

Found in various places throughout Costa Rica, in places like Tortuguero, the Corcovado National Park, and even around the Arenal Volcano...

Jaguars - as beautiful as they may be...

Jaguar
An Apex Predator

Are actually one of the most brutal predators.

Having mastered the art of instantly killing their prey...

In just one swift bite with extremely powerful jaws - an animal will become completely immobilized...

After perfectly placed insicors, pierce right through its skull - puncturing the brain.

Apex predators - jaguars aren't all that picky either, when it comes to selecting a meal.

Excellent climbers and swimmers - the menu consists of more than 80 different species, among them - deer, tapirs (twice their size!), monkeys, and even sea turtles too...

Ones they stalk along the beach, during nesting season.

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Fun Fact: Black panthers ARE jaguars. An example of polymorphism - where one species can have two or more forms, the spots are hidden amongst their fur. Oh, and there's a such thing as an "albino" jaguar, too!