Although ocelots (pictured, an animal in Chiapas) are listed as a species of least concern throughout Mexico and Central and South America, they are considered endangered north of the Rio Grande in the U.S.
Striking Pictures of Mexico's Wildlife for Cinco de Mayo
Beautifully spotted ocelots, rare vaquitas, and raccoon-like coatis are among Mexico's animal gems.
The Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo—"May 5" in Spanish—will make for some wild fiestas this weekend around the globe. Many mistake it for Mexico's independence day, but it actually celebrates the unlikely defeat of French forces by Mexico's army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Before you get too mired in margaritas, Weird Animal Question of the Week decided to take a closer look at some of Mexico’s real—and often endangered—wildlife.
They may look like a mashup of cats and ring-tailed lemurs, but the four species of coati are kin to raccoons.
“They’re very social,” says Matt Gompper of the University of Missouri, who has studied the dark-brown mammals for 20 years. Groups range