Extremely Rare, Mysterious Cat Caught On Film By Camera Trapthe daily dish
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Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) occur across the Amazon and along the tropical Andes, according to a Wildlife Conservation Society press release. It's the smallest cat species of South America's lowlands, and much about it remains a mystery. WCS researchers Guido Ayala, Maria Viscarra, and Robert Wallace came across the image during camera trap surveys of jaguars and other wildlife living in Madidi, which is considered to be among the most biodiverse protected areas on the planet.
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The photo now serves as a new record for oncilla in Madidi. It pushes the number of confirmed cat species in the park to six, with at least two more waiting to be confirmed.
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Madidi National Park is a truly remarkable and beautiful place. It contains 11 percent of the world's birds, more than 200 species of mammals, almost 300 types of fish, and 12,000 plant varieties. In addition to its impressive biodiversity, the 7,335 square mile park is known for its array of altitudinal gradients and habitats from lowland tropical forests of the Amazon to snow-capped peaks of the High Andes.
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The overall region faces a number of threats, such as road construction, logging and agricultural expansion, but the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Conservation Program is working hard to mitigate those.
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