The Jaguar is one of the wild cats of the Amazon that everyone likes to see, but there are other wild cats too.
The past few years I was able to meet these wild cats in Kabalebo, from a regular visitor till a rare meeting. Keep in mind that all these wild cats are concerned as near threatened or threatened species as they are killed for their fur or because they are seen as a dangerous animal. So meeting all these wild cats was also a privilege.
Ocelots are generally known as shy cats and are actually quite difficult to spot out in the open. But since we started with the ocelot project in 2013, it was and is not difficult to see one with your own eyes. Here for instance we have Boyke, the male resident that we were able to follow between 2013 and 2015. Sadly he passed away (old age).
Another wild ocelot we have been tracking down since 2013 is Lotje (left). She declared the whole area of the lodge as her own and of course also most of the hiking trail nearby. Since we've been feeding her, we also managed to know a bit more about her too. Here she was with her second born: Spotje.
Another wild cat that we spotted in the neighborhood was the Puma. Well for now only via the trap cam. Always inside the forest or close to the dense vegetation. A smart one too as they use our trails instead of making their own.
The Jaguar is the most famous of them all. Almost everyone associates the Amazon with this large wild cat. The Jaguar is actually a common wild cat, but it also doesn't tell you where you can meet him. Most of the time he likes to use the surprise element. When I took this picture I surely didn't expect to meet him.
And who is that crossing over the airfield? It is a Jaguarundi. And this was a rare opportunity for me. This photo was taken in 2012 while I was on my way to the cabin and up till this day also the only time that I met him/her.
A rare occasion too as I still haven't seen any Jaguarundi passing by in front of any trap cams that I hid inside the forest.