Ocelot


An ocelot is a small cat from the New World. It ranges from the very southern region of Texas all the way to northern Argentina in South America. In the United States, the ocelot used to be found throughout Texas and east to Arkansas and Louisiana, but due to hunting and habitat loss, it is now very rare in this country. In fact, researchers believe that there may be as few as 100 ocelots living in the United States today. This particular ocelot subspecies, known as the Texas ocelot Leopardus pardalis albescens, is considered endangered, and other ocelot species are still vulnerable throughout their habitat.!