An ocelot is two times the size of an average housecat. Their coats have very distinct markings and a variety of unique patterns. Although ocelots are considered terrestrial, they are avid climbers and will ascend through trees. The cat is mostly nocturnal and very territorial. Their keen senses of hearing and good vision allow it to hunt in the nighttime. Instead of chewing its food the ocelot uses its blade-like teeth to tear the meat into pieces and swallow it whole. Like a domestic cat, its raspy tongue can successfully clean every piece of meat from a bone. Ocelots sometimes become the prey of harpy eagles, jaguars, and anacondas.

Find me at EPZ

Location: Trail of the Jaguar exhibit, adjacent to the barn

Arrived at EPZ: Mateo - 05/2016