Journey into the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to meet the ocelot, a wild cat found across the Americas!

Ocelot facts

  • Scientific name: Leopardus pardalis
  • Where they live: North, Central, and South America
  • Habitat: rainforests, savannas, and swamp forests
  • Diet: includes rodents, reptiles, birds, and sometimes fish
Image: Rhett A. Butler

Did you know?

  • The ocelot is Latin America’s third largest wild cat.
  • Each individual ocelot has a unique pattern of spots and stripes.
  • Ocelots are nocturnal – they have excellent eyesight to hunt prey in the dark.
  • Ocelots spend most of their time on the ground, but they are good swimmers. They also climb trees.

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Romi thanks:

Fauna Forever for sharing the camera trap videos from the Peruvian Amazon, and to the San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Ranch for additional footage.