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The ocelot

The ocelot is also called the pardel cat. The ocelot has remarkably long legs. The body grows to about 125 centimeters in lenght and has a tail measuring nearly 40 centimeters. The ocelot weighs up to 16 kilograms. In addition to a leopard pattern, an ocelot can very occasionally also have black fur.

The ocelot is common in rocky and shrub areas. However, moist areas are preferred by this cat. The ocelot is found in all countries of Central and South America (except Chile and Uruguay). Unfortunately, the animal is hunted a lot for its fur. Despite this, it is the most common feline in South America. Their survival is threatened by the clearing of their habitat.

(photo: Gustao Zea)