Endangered Animals in North America

Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis)

What do ocelots look like?

  • 28-35 inches (70-90 cm) (Nat Geo)
  • 24-35 pounds (11-16 kg) (Nat Geo)
  • Variations of colors (USFWS)
  • Dark eyelashes (USFWS)
  • Spotted fur (like cheetah spots) (USFWS)
  • Fur grows in a reversed direction (ARK)


Image to the right: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sometimesong/4234585123/

What do ocelots eat and how have they adapted?

  • Eats many rodents, small deer, monkeys, and tortoises. (UMMZ)
  • Gets eaten by a few big animals (UMMZ)
  • Nocturnal (UMMZ)
  • Good hearing and eyesight (UMMZ)
  • Very territorial and solitary (UMMZ)
  • "Mews" and "yowls" to attract mates (UMMZ)
  • Good trackers (UMMZ)
  • Eat at kill site (UMMZ)
  • Pointed teeth (Nat Geo)
  • Raspy tongue (Nat Geo)
  • Adapt to humans habitats (Nat Geo)
  • Coats change in different climates (Nat Geo)
  • Big paws and feet (Nat Geo)

What is the ocelot's habitat like?

  • Every central and southern american country except Chile (ARK)
  • Southeastern U.S. (Texas and Arizona) (UMMZ)
  • Dense vegetation cover (UMMZ)
  • Elevations below 1,200 meters (UMMZ)

Why are ocelot's endangered? Whats being done to help them?

  • Used to live in Louisiana and Arkansas, now only in Texas and Arizona (UMMZ)
  • Habitat loss (UMMZ)
  • Forest clearing (ARK)
  • High fur demand in 1960-1980 (UMMZ)
  • At least 200,000 killed for fur trade (ARK)
  • Popular as exotic pets (UMMZ)
  • In 1975 CITES outlawed fur trade (UMMZ)
  • Black market furs still being sold (ARK)
  • Suggesting translocation (ARK)
  • Suggesting banning traps and snares (ARK)

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