GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE:
Southern Texas, Mexico, Central and South America

DIET:
Rodents, rabbits, young deer, monkeys and javelina, birds, snakes and fish

HABITAT: 
Humid tropical forests to arid desert habitats

DESCRIPTION: 
The ocelot is a medium-size, short-hair cat. It hunts at night and swims well. This cat uses lower tree branches to hunt birds, bats, and snakes. Its distinctive markings serve as camouflage. Unfortunately, the ocelot is hunted for the beauty of its coat.

DID YOU KNOW?
Fewer than 100 ocelots exist in the U.S. and are found primarily in south Texas at Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge ; Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge north of Brownsville; and on at least two private ranches several miles to the north. Ocelots have also been seen in Arizona. The ocelot is listed as endangered throughout its range. The ocelot is listed as endangered by the State of Texas and is protected from hunting and live collection in Arizona where it is listed as a species of “special concern.”
 

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
Our male ocelot Frado was born on February 24, 2004 and arrived at the El Paso Zoo from the Cincinnati Zoo on April 14, 2008. Our female ocelot, Lindy, was born June 26, 2013 and arrived at the El Paso Zoo from the Dallas Zoo.