When we say that one of our company goals is to give back to the local community, we don’t only mean to it’s humans!
During the dry season many of the local animals take full advantage of the cisterns we have around the plantations that contain water pumped up from our lake-fed wells. Our foresters use these cisterns to maintain the health and vibrancy of the precious timber and coconut trees on the plantations, while animals, such as the margay seen in these pictures, do exactly the same thing.
This was one of 3 different cats recently spotted drinking here, a fact that is quite unusual as this kind of animal is almost exclusively nocturnal and arboreal (tree dwelling), spending most of its life in the trees only coming down to the forest floor to drink and occasionally hunt ground animals.
Ready for a fun fact? Since it’s life is spent almost entirely moving and hunting through the canopy an amazing adaption this animal has is that it’s ankles can turn almost 180 degrees allowing it to climb not only up trees, but head-first down them too!
Margays populations are listed as threatened due to loss of habitat caused by the clearing of forests for agricultural use. We feel privileged to have untouched forests around and, sometimes, within our plantations and we will continue to respect that we are not the only creatures making an honest living off this land.