The Ocelot

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Johnny Joe Peña
November 26, 2013
Save the Ocelots The Ocelots, also known as the Dwarf Leopard, are an endangered species that reside here in the U.S, and it is estimated that there are fewer than 50 of these spotted cats left. With most of them residing in south Texas; the Ocelot has a similar in appearance to a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a Clouded Leopard or Jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Ocelots were once killed for their fur. However now, habitat loss is the biggest threat to The Ocelot, with only 1% of the South Texas area supports what is currently defined as optimal habitat for the Ocelot. Most of the Habitat occurs in the scattered patches probably too small to support Ocelots for extended periods of time. As a result, young cats dispersing from areas of suitable habitat have no place to go and most are probably hit by cars or die of disease or starvation. Road mortality is a more recent reason for their upcoming decline. As the Human race continues to populate and grow, and technology improves and innovates as rapidly as it does now. It is our responsibility to help save animals such as the Ocelots for we are one of the main reasons of their decline. They can also make very excellent pets, and can keep human beings company with its presence. While saving the Ocelots can be a huge effort, it can create jobs for wildlife-dependent communities, and maintaining healthy ecosystems for the endangered animal. Ocelots are cute, hardly dangerous animals and with the right tools they can be saved, which is why the Ocelot grabbed my attention.

Works Cited
Chappel, Henry. "Valley Cat: Ocelot Conservation and Recovery in South Texas." Tamuk.edu. Texas-wildlife.org, July 2010. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. .
"Ocelot." Ocelot. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 5 Jan. 2005. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.…...

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