Category: Big Cats

Jaguars: The Divine Cats of the Mayans

Before the arrival of Europeans to the Americas, the Mayan Empire stretched across Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and included great cities such as Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Belize’s own Caracol. At the height of their civilization, the ancient Mayans recognized several animals as sacred, but none more …

The Tree-Dwelling Margays of Belize

At little larger than the size of a house cat – and often mistaken for its larger, and more common, ocelot cousins – the margay is a rare site in the rainforests of Belize. Nocturnal, and spending most of their time in the trees of dense evergreen and deciduous forests, …

The Elusive Ocelot

One of the most recognizable of all the small cats of Central America, the ocelot – known also as the Painted Leopard, Field Tiger, or Dwarf Leopard – is one of the most common cats of Belize, yet also one of the hardest to spot. Nocturnal by nature and prone …

Jaguarundi: The Otter Cats of Belize

Looking like a cross between a house cat and a weasel is the jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi), one of the smallest – and least studied – of Belize’s wild cats. While big cats, such as  the jaguars and pumas,  often steal the spotlight from their smaller feline cousins, these often-overlooked cats …

The Pumas of Belize

Mountain Lion, Catamount, Florida Panther, Cougar – across the Americas, from Canada to the tip of Argentina, these several names have each referred to the same animal: Puma concular, or puma. Often incorrectly thought of as exclusive to the mountains of North America, the puma in fact also prowls the …

Identifying Jaguars By Their Spots

Jaguars once roamed free across the Americas, from the Southwestern United States to the mountains of Argentina and Peru. The third largest big cat in the world – behind only the lion and the tiger – and one of the largest predators in the Western Hemisphere, the jaguar has recently …