Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), also known as pygmy leopard lives in South and Central America and in Mexico, but it is also seen in Texas and in Trinidad. Externally, the ocelot is similar to a domestic cat. The color of his hair is like a jaguar or a leopard skin, and once it was considered particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of ocelots were killed for their pelts. From 1972 to 1996, this cat was in the list of species on the verge of extinction, but the list of the Red Book in 2008, status is changed to “low-risk zone.” Below you’ll find 30 amazing photos of this beautiful animal, as well as some interesting facts.
1. The Latin name of Ocelot is Leopardus pardalis. This cat lives in South and Central America. All cats of this kind of spotty, flexible and small. Ocelot is the largest of them.
2. The length of ocelot range is from 68 to 100 cm, tail length – 26-45 cm Weight – 8-18 lbs.
3. Ocelot is the largest of the genus Leopardus.
4. Ocelot has a smooth coat, rounded ears and a relatively large front paws.
5. Ocelot – mostly nocturnal and likes to defend his territory.
6. He will be furious, perhaps even to death, to fight for their territory.
7. In addition, the ocelot carefully marks its territory with urine.
8. Like most cats, ocelots – lone. They meet only to mate.
9. During the day these cats sleep in trees or in dense foliage, and sometimes can share his “bed” with individuals of the same s*x.
10. Males occupy a territory of 3.5 to 40 km ², and females – in a smaller area 0f ,8-15 km ², which do not overlap with the territories of males.
11. Ocelots hunt area is of 18 km ², mostly on small mammals (rodents, different), reptiles and amphibians (lizards, turtles and frogs), crabs, birds and fish.
12. Ocelots prey on smaller prey – rodents, rabbits and opossums constitute the main dishes of their menu.
13. Compared to other small cats, ocelot cubs grow very slowly.
14. At birth, cubs weigh about 250 grams, and his eyes opened only after 15-18 days.
15. They start to leave the den in three months, but remain with their mother for up to two years and then go find their own territory.
16. Ocelots in captivity live for 20 years.
17. Like many wild cats, ocelots often act as pets.
18. Salvador Dalí frequently travel with his pet Ocelot Babo, he even took him on board in a luxury liner «SS France».
19. Musician Gram Parsons had ocelot in the backyard of his home in Florida in the mid 60s.
20. The people of ancient Peru worshiped these animals and often depicted them in thier art.
21. Salvadoran department of Usulutan, . Translated from the Nahuatl language it means “city of ocelot.
22. Ocelot pelt has been a popular commodity. For example, in 1969, U.S. imported more than 133 thousand skins of ocelots. In the 1980s, fur coats, fur Ocelot sold for $ 40,000, and a live ocelot as a pet, sold for $ 800.
23. Because of intensive hunting of ocelets, In our time they become extremely rare animals. With the new interstate agreements of hunting ocelot, and the sale of any products made from ocelots are prohibited.