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Ocelot hunting Macaws in Tambo Blanquillo


October 1, 2017

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Ocelot Hunting a Mealy Parrot – Photo: Matt Mishler

Ocelot Hunting a Mealy Parrot – Photo: Matt Mishler

Last month, we published a blog about how Jaguars and Ocelots were visiting our Claylick with increased frequency in search for an easy -and colorful- meal. Someone at National Geographic must have read the article and watched the footage, because they contacted us in hopes of using it. We are very proud of being featured in such a prestigious publication for the second time (last year we appeared on a story about Manu, which you can read here in the last 12 months. You can access the National Geographic article about the macaw-hunting Ocelot here.

With over 60 Macaws and hundreds of Parrots, the Claylick provides a buffet for this recurring Ocelot. Photo: Alfredo Fernandez

With over 60 Macaws and hundreds of Parrots, the Claylick provides a buffet for this recurring Ocelot. Photo: Alfredo Fernandez

After National Geographic picked on the story, other smaller media outlets shared it, and became viral on the internet. In a matter of hours, our servers were overloaded with visitors. We were shocked when we saw the Ocelot take the Macaw the first time, but we are honestly more shocked to see how often it is coming back to hunt for Macaws and Parrots.

Ocelot with hunted Red-and-green Macaw Photo: Yvette Biron

Ocelot with hunted Red-and-green Macaw Photo: Yvette Biron

What is even more interesting is that since we published that blogpost a month ago, the Ocelot has become an even more frequent sighting in the Blanquillo Claylick. During the last 30 days, we have gotten more than 6 individual sightings, and at least two of them have been recorded on footage, which we hope we can get our hands on sooner rather than later. For now, you can watch this amazing video recorded a few months ago:

The biologists in our staff were commenting the other day, that if the Ocelot keeps showing up with the current frequency, our Claylick would be the best place on the world to see a non-baited Ocelot in the Wild. And I personally cannot think of a better way to see one, than hunting parrots and macaws. Hopefully this Ocelot is complementing its diet with another source of proteins, as we would not want to run out of Macaws in the near future.

Ocelot stalking a Red-and-Green Macaw

Ocelot stalking a Red-and-Green Macaw – Myriam van Egmond

 

Ocelot attacking the Macaw - Photo: Myriam van Egmond.

Ocelot attacking the Macaw – Photo: Myriam van Egmond.

 

Photo: Myriam van Egmond.

Photo: Myriam van Egmond.

 

Going home with the prize  - Photo: Myriam van Egmond

Going home with the prize – Photo: Myriam van Egmond

We will keep our audience posted on how this unfolds. For now, we are implementing a camera trap system to monitor the activity of cats in the area. If you have questions about this subject, or any other, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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