Endangered Animals of South America

The Ocelot

The life of the ocelot.

It is thought that the these feline creatures breed during summer and winter. The female will have a nest which would be well hidden from predators two months earlier. Two to four kittens are born with dark, thin coat of fur. They are also blind and helpless at birth so they feed on their mothers milk for the first week, after that, they are ready to start eating meat so their mom teaches them how to hunt their own food. Once they have developed enough skill, knowledge, and experience learned by their mother, they leave their home searching for a new settlement.

why it is endangered/ predetors

This creature is endangered because hunters use to hunt for their fur, now it is illegal. Another reason why it is endangered is because humans have been destroying their habitat. Although this is the main reason why it is endangered, this animal has predetors too. Animals such as the pumas, jaguars, harpy eagle, and the anaconda all feed on the ocelot.

what is being done to protect it

Although this animal is listed on the IUCN as "least concerned," Naples Zoo is helping all the brazilian ocelots. The BOC also has the responsibility for taking care of the brazilian ocelots in that area.

Pictures work cited

Giovanni G. Bellani, Initials. N.p.. Web. 21 Apr 2013. <http://www.arkive.org/ocelot/leopardus-pardalis/image-G129975.html>.

Pete Oxford, . N.p.. Web. 21 Apr 2013. <http://www.arkive.org/ocelot/leopardus-pardalis/image-G50304.html

J.-L. Klein & M.-L. Hubert, . N.p.. Web. 21 Apr 2013. <http://www.arkive.org/ocelot/leopardus-pardalis/image-G52445.html

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