Throughout Februari-April, we set up camera-traps near agouti refuges and sleeping spots. We did this because -until now- not much is known about these sleeping spots and the nocturnal activity of agoutis.

We found that agoutis use three types of refuges: burrows (holes in the ground, often in buttress roots), hollow logs and dense vine tangle-vegetation. Most agoutis enter the refuge at sunset and once they are in the burrow, they do not tend to come out before sunrise.

The main purpose of these refuges is that they offer protection against predation that often occurs at night when ocelots (the main agouti-predators) are most active. Camera-footage suggests that ocelots actively inspect agouti-refuges to find their prey. Although the ocelots try hard to get to the agouti, none of the agoutis in this video were killed.

In total, we camera-trapped about 13 different refuges throughout February-April; more than half of these were visited by ocelots, some even had regular visits!

Note that in this video, some pictures look closer together in time than they really are.