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Ocelot

Ocelot © Kevin Schafer/PfB
Leopardus pardalis
Class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Carnivora
Family: 
Felidae
IUCN Red List status: 
Least Concern

Description

Protected by the following WLT projects:

Ocelots are the size of a medium sized dog and can grow to nearly a meter long. They are greyish to cinnamon coloured with black elongated markings.

Behaviour

Ocelots are solitary cats living within forests where they hunt, usually at night, eating animals such as birds, snakes, mice and anteaters.

Ocelot
Ocelot photographed by camera-trap at the Río Canandé Reserve. © Fundación Jocotoco.

Habitat

Ocelots occur from the southern United States to northern Argentina and can be found in a wide variety of forest habitats.

Threats and Conservation

In the past they were hunted for their skins and have since disappeared from many areas. Much of their habitat has been destroyed, and ocelots are often killed in car accidents.

It is now illegal to trade in dead or alive ocelots, or ocelot parts. However, enforcement of this protected status is often inadequate.

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