Leopardus pardalis

The ocelot requires habitat that supports a plentiful prey population and provides cover from which to hunt prey. Unfortunately, suitable habitat is disappearing and being divided into small patches. Mortality on roads that cut through habitat also poses a major threat to ocelots. Creating safe corridors between patches of habitat will be essential to a future in the wild for the ocelot.

Fact File

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pronunciationPronunciation: AHS-uh-lot
where to see themWhere to see them: Night Hunters
lengthLength: 2.4 to 2.8 ft
weightWeight: 20 to 34 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Forest, savanna, wetlands and scrubland
dietDiet: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (U.S. Endangered Species List—Endangered)