Meet the Cat Family!: Latin America's Ocelot Lineage

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Flight To Wonder Publishing, May 28, 2020 - Nature - 50 pages

Latin America would be overrun with rodents and other small animals, if these lovely little wild cats disappeared.


But how many of them do you know?


Ocelots, perhaps. Margays, though? The cute little guigna? Andean cats?


Sit back and enjoy this introduction to those species and other members of the ocelot lineage. You're in for a treat, especially if you're under the very common misperception that jaguars are the only Neotropical cats!

 

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About the author (2020)

I've been a science blogger at FlightToWonder.com since 2013 and am currently in the process of self-publishing a series of eBooks on the modern cat family.


My ultimate goal is to freelance full-time, writing earth-science articles and traditionally published books, as well as continue blogging.

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