Oncilla

Beneath its fierce exterior lies a tender heart, as it is also known for its loving nature toward its young

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Have you ever heard of the oncilla? It’s a small wild cat that’s native to Central and South America. They are incredibly agile and have the ability to climb trees and jump long distances with ease, which comes in handy when they’re hunting for prey. They’re also known for their stealthy nature, which helps them avoid predators and stay hidden from their prey. And despite their small size, oncillas are fierce hunters – they’re able to take down prey that’s much larger than they are.

While it may not be as well-known as other feline species, the oncilla has some pretty unique characteristics that make it a fascinating creature to learn about.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bolivia
2016
Brazil
2016
Colombia
2016
Costa Rica
2016
Ecuador
2016
French Guiana
2016
Guyana
2016
Nicaragua
2016
Presence Uncertain
Panama
2016
Peru
2016
Suriname
2016
Venezuela
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No