Friday, November 19, 2010

Cats of the Tropics

When you think of cats in the wild the first thing that comes to mind for those that have not spent much time in the tropics are lions, tigers,  & cheetahs. It turns out that the cats in the tropics can get very big like the lions and tigers and even have the same spotted print like the cheetah on some like the Jaguar and smaller ocelots.  But their style of survival is very different when you start to look at the details. Take a look at some of the main differences I've noticed.

The lions and tigers of Africa are considered to be an extremely social cat hanging out together while the cats of the rainforest are almost always solitary.

When you think of the cheetah you think of it hunting it's prey at high speeds while the cats of the tropics are more sneaky where they can sit in one spot or slowly approach their prey and then quickly attack in a small area.

Many cats of the Tropics come out at night making them nocturnal. This is different than the cats such as lions, tigers, and cheetahs which make their rounds during the day.

These are just a few simple facts that came to my mind this morning when thinking about cats. If you want to see some Jaguars on a family adventure to Costa Rica you will have to really find your way into the jungle. We can make some itineraries that will allow for the chance of seeing these cats but we can make no promises.
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