Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban of hunting wildlife for sport. They have said that any member of the public caught hunting will pay a huge fine or spend time in prison. This is great news as Costa Rico is home to Jaguars, Ocelots, Pumas, jaguarundis, Margays and little spotted cats.
The Jaguar is the largest wild cat in Costa Rica and can grow up to 2 m. They are very rare in Costa Rica and their numbers continue to decline drastically.
The Jaguarundi does not look like a cat but more like a cross between a weasel and a cat. It is plain grey with a sleek body, hunts day & night, and has adapted best to human changes.
The Margay spends most of its life in trees and is the best cat climber because it can twist its ankle 180°.
The Puma is the second largest cat in Central America and its fur is brown and unspotted. There used to be Black Panthers in Costa Rica but they became extinct from the area.
Ocelots usually hunt on the ground at night and rarely climb trees. An ocelot’s diet consists of birds, monkeys, rats, and other small animals.
The little small cat is the smallest wildcat and does not grow bigger than a house cat. They live in cloud forests up to 3200 m.
Well done Costa Rica…we hope more countries will follow in your footsteps!!