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Leopardus tigrinus


Is a small spotted felid found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. The Oncilla resembles the Margay and the Ocelot, but is smaller, with a slender build and narrower muzz. it is classified as vulnerable. The chief threats to these felines are deforestation and poaching. They are also killed for their pelts, which are highly prized and often sold or made into clothing. Also another factor contributing to Oncilla mortality is human expansion, settling what was once open terrain for wild cats. Coffee plantations are most often established in cloud forest habitats, causing the reduction of preferred habitats.


This oncilla was photographed at the Barranquilla zoo.

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69 Comments (1–25)

The GeoDex
The GeoDex 4 years ago

Awww look how cute he is :)

Miss Naturaleza
Miss Naturaleza 6 years ago

Ohh very pretty

Clubpenguin2.0 7 years ago

So cute

Cassie456 8 years ago

It's amazing!!

yunseong1 8 years ago

Good pic of Oncilla.

Erin S
Erin S 9 years ago

It is beautiful!

HazelMarley 9 years ago

I agree, 5!

5anika 9 years ago


HazelMarley 9 years ago

Looks like a cat! Great shot.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

A big cat in a small package. Perfect. Beautiful photo and spotting, Carolina. Love the info too. I loathe the thought that they're killed for their pelts. Absolutely criminal!!!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

What a magnificent shot you got there!

mcaul6515 10 years ago

Amazing photo!

mcaul6515 10 years ago

Wow, I've never heard of this animal before!!

guillota1 10 years ago

beautiful is one of the best photos i look very lovly i put favorites

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Beautiful !

brooke1 10 years ago

wow so cool

LuckyLogan 11 years ago


Francisco Araújo
Francisco Araújo 11 years ago

Thid it atak you ? Anyway its amaizing!

MichaelFoisy 11 years ago

An amazing felid! Great shot!

the_tajminator 11 years ago looks so harmless

BethAngermeier 11 years ago


WiwidSarono 11 years ago

nice !

Lily Barth
Lily Barth 11 years ago

So cute!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Just seen this pic - what a handsome creature. Love the detail.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Had never heard of Oncilla - superb looking feline.

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Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Spotted on Nov 30, 2010
Submitted on Feb 27, 2011

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