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Featured Species | Ocelot (05:25)

Host: Sarah Leon with Jody Mays

Ocelot (click to view larger)
Photo credit: Tom Smylie/USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 28, 1972
Scientific Name: Leopardus pardalis
Description: The ocelot once ranged throughout Texas, and could even be found in Arizona, Louisiana, and Arkansas. This beautiful cat has been reduced to just two populations the United States–both occuring in the southern most part Texas. Biologists estimate only 50 individuals remain in the wild.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011