The Ocelot is the largest of the small spotted cats.

It's mostly nocturnal and very territorial. Twice the size of the average house cat, this is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

It will fight fiercely, sometimes to the death, in territorial disputes. The Ocelot is well equipped for an arboreal lifestyle and will sometimes take to the trees. It was once hunted for its beautiful coat but is now internationally protected.

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Small mammals, rodents, fish, amphibians, birds baby pigs and poultry
Life Span:
10 years wild - 20 years captivity
Central and South America
Did you know?
Ocelots capture on average of one prey item for every 3.1 hours of travel!

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