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leopardus pardalis


Fairly large (44") and stocky, often with spots forming stripes on sides. Narrow tail is shorter than hind legs. Front tracks are broader than rear tracks giving them the local (Panama & Costa Rica) name, manigordo (fathand).


Found in dry & wet forests, even at higher elevations. Mainly active at night but may be seen at dusk & dawn. Usually hunts on the ground but is a good climber.


Paradise Gardens Rescue & Release Center got both of these as kittens when someone attempted to sell/smuggle them out of Panama. They were never handled and learned to hunt/kill on their own. Both were released successfully after several months.

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Spotted on Sep 14, 2008
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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