Pet trade is a big problem around the world and also in Bolivia. Wild animals from the Amazon and the Andes are kidnapped by wildlife traffickers to be sold as pets. For an animal to arrive alive to its final buyer, it must first see his family die, then it must be the lucky one that makes it alive amongst nine others that die on the route. Wildlife trafficking is the world’s 4th most profitable crime.
Sasha and Guanay are two Margays that were rescued from people that kept them as pets. Guanay was kept in a cage so small he couldn’t stretch his legs. They have recovered well from their past and now get along very well. Learn more about this fascinating tree-born wildcat and about our two residents in our recently published Leopardus wiedii species fact file.
Sasha (female) and Guanay (male) were first put in small separate enclosures next to each other. Once they got used to each other’s presence, they were put into a larger, single enclosure. It is still not enough space for them, the enclosure they are in right now is too close to their potential prays. We need to build a larger enclosure in the feline area far away from other animals.
The old enclosure
The new enclosure
Size: L) 12m W) 6m H) 9m
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