Southern Brazilian Ocelot

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Southern Brazilian Ocelot

Leopardus pardalis mitis
Decorated with dark splotches and stripes, the ocelot’s golden coat blends in with patches of sunlight breaking through the forest canopy. Despite the safety the coat provides, poaching for its fur is one reason why the cat is endangered. It takes more than a dozen ocelot skins to make just one fur coat.
Fact file:

Pronunciation: AHS-uh-lot

Height: 1.3 to 1.6 ft

Length: 2.4 to 2.8 ft

Weight: 20 to 34 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 20 yrs in captivity

Habitat: Tropical and subtropical forest

Diet: Small mammals such as rodents, possums and armadillos, some reptiles and birds

Current range: Central and Eastern South America