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Transcript of Ocelots
Reasons for Endangerment
Hunted for their beautiful fur
13 ocelots = one coat
140,000 ocelot skins were imported by the U.S. in one year
Less than 100 in U.S. now
Habitat in the Wild
South and Central America, bottom tip of U.S. (Texas)
Tropical and mangrove forests, coastal marshes, thorn scrub, savannah grasslands, etc.
Hunt small mammals, birds, iguanas, fish, amphibians, and reptiles
Tear food and swallow it – can't chew due to type of teeth
Reasons for Endangerment (continued)
What Is Being Done and How We Can Help Solve the Problem
International trade is banned
Legally protected in most countries
Prevent destruction of natural habitats
Usually have 1-2 kittens – can have up to 3-4
One of the slowest growth rates of all small cats
Life span is over 10 years in wild, up to 21 in captivity
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Swim well – not afraid of water
Sleep during the day in trees or dense cover
Active at night
Hunt on ground, but climb trees well
Kept as pets – mothers often killed and kittens taken
"Least concerned" – vulnerable in certain places, however
Subspecies are more threatened
Biggest threat = deforestation