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Ocelots are middle-sized cats. They have a body length from head to rump of up to 100 cm and weigh 12–15 kg. They are night-active loners and rest in hideaways during the day. Although they are ground dwellers, ocelots are excellent climbers and swimmers. They were once one of the most hunted cats because of their beautiful fur but their numbers have recovered thanks to protection schemes. Status according to Red List: least concern
|Classification||Order predators, family cats|
|Diet||Rodents, birds, reptiles and fishes; seldom also bigger animals like monkeys, smaller deer and chelonians|
|Habitat||Lakes, pools, swampland, and flooded areas tropical forests, mangrove forests, coast swamplands and mountain forests up to 1,200 metres, can also sometimes be found in savannahs, dry areas and scrubland|
|Reproduction||Mating all year round; gestation time: 79–85 days; mostly 1–2 young; young stay with the mother for about 1 year; maximum age: above 28 years|