Ocelot, a member of the cat family. Ocelots are found from southern Arizona and Texas to northern Argentina.
The short fur of the ocelot is buff- or gray-colored and is spotted with black dots and oblong patches of dark brown surrounded by black. The tail is ringed with black. Male and female have the same coloration, but color varies according to habitat. An adult ocelot is 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 cm) long, including its 13- to 15-inch (33- to 38-cm) tail, and weighs from 20 to 40 pounds (9 to 18 kg).
Ocelots live in forests and in scrubland. They hunt at night for small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Typically, ocelots mate in summer, and two kittens are born in autumn. The ocelot is an endangered species because of destruction of its habitat and hunting for its fur.
The ocelot is Felis pardalis of the cat family, Felidae.