Kingdom : Animalia
                        Class : Mammalia
                     Family : Felidae
      Scientific Name : Leopardus Pardalis

                     Colour : Tan, Yellow, Red,
                                     Grey, Black
                Skin Type : Fur
                     Size(L) : 55cm - 100cm 
                                      (22in - 40in)
                     Weight : 11.5kg - 16kg 
                                       (25lbs - 35lbs)

               Top Speed : 61km/h (31mph)
                Life Span : 8 - 12 years
Distinctive Feature : Rosettes, spots 
                                    and stripes on fur
                 Fun Fact : Also known as the
                                     painted Leopard!
  1. Ocelots are small-medium sized cats found in the South American Jungles.
  2. They are also known as painted leopards.
  3. They get this name from the beautiful rosettes, spots and stripes on their fur.
  4. The markings on their head and face are distinct to each individual.
  5. They are strong and agile cats which climb, run and swim very well.
  6. The males are much larger than the female ocelots.
  7. They inhabit a variety of habitats like the tropical forests, mangrove forests, marshes and grasslands.
  8. Some of them also inhabit the slopes of the Andes mountains; Ocelots are very adaptable animals.
  9. Ocelots are solitary animals which are also quite territorial.
  10. The male ocelots are known to patrol their territories and have mating rights on the female ocelots inhabiting their territory.
  11. They are very elusive and secretive in nature and are known to communicate between themselves through soft meows.
  12. They stalk their prey and hunt them; they prey on rabbits, birds, snakes, lizards, fish and crabs.
  13. They play an important part in the ecosystem as they prey on a variety of animals.
  14. Their natural predators are Jaguars, Harpy Eagle, Anaconda and Puma.
  15. Female ocelots give birth to around 2-3 kittens after an 85-day gestation.
  16. The ocelot kittens are born blind and are looked after by their mother till they become independent
  17. Historically, ocelots have been kept as exotic pets.
  18. Ocelots were once on the verge of extinction after they were hunted extensively by humans for their fur.
  19. Their population has now been stabilized, after national protection was undertaken to conserve them.

 

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