The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) By: Chris RoblesBlock 1: Environmental Systems May 2, 2012
Physical Description• The Ocelot is about twice the size of a house cat, ranging from 30 to 41 inches in length and 15 to 30 pounds in weight.• I chose to research the Ocelot because it is a species that no one really knows about.
Distribution/Habitat• Ocelots once lived through out all of south Texas, Mexico, Central America, and South America.• Ocelots are now found in only the deep south of Texas, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Food/Natural Enemies• The Ocelots diet • The major predators of includes small the Ocelot include rodents, reptiles, mediu harpy m-sized eagles, pumas, jaguars, mammals, birds, and and anacondas; but crustaceans and fish; they are also affected i.e., cane mice, spiny by various diseases: rats, common taeniidae, capillaria, On agoutis, opossums, and cicola, and many more. armadillos.
Environmental Systems• Environmental systems • In the process of trying have various ways of to save the reducing biodiversity, Ocelot, many different the simplest way to systems are explain is: even though involved, including the all systems interact in human system, which is helpful ways, they also the biggest cause of the interact in hurtful ways. near extinction, but also There is always and the best help they are equivalent exchange. receiving.
Disappearance Factors• The Ocelot habitats are being destroyed to create land for farming and to accommodate to city growth.• The Ocelot was also hunted and killed for their fur from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.
Saving the Species• The Ocelot is protected • As individuals, we can by the Recovery Plan for do a lot of different the Listed Cats of things to help prevent Arizona and Texas, as the extinction of the well as the Lacey Act in Ocelot, and the easiest the rest of the world. thing we can do is to leave their habitats alone, and watch for them crossing streets at night.