Ocelots are nocturnal and territorial. A typical Ocelot would fight to the death when threatened, and can be very aggressive if needed. Still, it is a loner by nature, joining another only for mating purposes. Very occasionally though, when it is resting at a tree, it could share its "turf" with another Ocelot of the same sex.
In mating, a female Ocelot would find a place like a bluff or a hollow tree and their gestation lasts about seventy days, while litter size is from 2 to 4. These cats are not principally arboreal, but they have the capability. In general however, they are terrestrial animals. These cats eat a lot of things, their diet consists of birds, amphibians, birds, rodents, snakes, monkeys, poultry and even piglets. One strong trait of this cat is its vision. Even at night, their sense of sight is very sharp.
Physically, they could be considered as just another domestic kind.
Interesting fact: Of course we all know who Salvador Dali was, but did you know this? That he often travelled with his own Ocelot, that he even brought it a luxurious cruises on the SS France? (See also: Anecdote of Dali with Ocelot)
Which zoos have them?Los Angeles Zoo (United States)
The Ocelot is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
CountriesArgentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela
Ocelot habitatsDry savanna, Forest, Grassland, Savanna, Shrubland, Subtropical / Tropical Dry forest, Subtropical / Tropical Dry Grassland, Subtropical / Tropical Dry Shrubland, Subtropical / Tropical Moist Lowland, Subtropical / Tropical Moist Montane and Subtropical / Tropical Moist Shrubland
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 8.8 kg (19.36 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 28 years
Female maturity :600 days
Male maturity : 600 days
Gestation : 77 days
Weaning : 106 days
Litter size : 2
Litters per year : 1
Interval between litters : 452 days
Weight at birth : 0.256 kg (0.5632 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 3.4 kg (7.48 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 17 W
Body mass : 10.5 kg (23.1 lbs)
Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)