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Camera Trap Photo of Oncilla Wins BBC Prize

By December 28, 2012

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Photo © Guido Ayala, Maria Viscarra, and Robert Wallace / Wildlife Conservation Society.

A photograph of an oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) has won a top prize in the BBC Wildlife camera-trap photography competition. The photograph, which was recognized in the new discoveries category of the competition, represents the first known sighting of an oncilla in Madidi National Park, a protected area in Bolivia's upper Amazon river basin.

The oncilla inhabits the Amazon river basin and parts of the tropical Andes. Little is know of their life history. Oncillas are small cats, about the same size as the domestic cat.

Madidi National Park is a 19,000-square kilometer reserve that protects a vast diversity of species. More than 200 mammal species, 300 fish species, 12,000 plant varieties and 11 percent of the world's birds inhabit the park. The park's species diversity is matched by its habitat diversity, with extreme altitudinal gradients that range from tropical lowland forests to montane and alpine habitats.


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