Monday, October 08, 2012

The ocelot

The ocelot

ocelot also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively over South America, Central America, and Mexico.

The ocelot is similar in appearance to a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a clouded leopard or jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of ocelots were once killed for their fur. The feline was classified a "vulnerable" endangered species from 1972 until 1996, and is now rated "least concern" by the 2008 IUCN Red List.

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