The Seneca Park Zoo has one ocelot, Storm. She was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1996 and came here in 2007. She is a generic ocelot, meaning her genetic background isn't truly known. Storm is a mellow cat and very comfortable around her keepers.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists all ocelots as endangered, and national legislation offers protection over most of the range. Peru allows hunting, and Ecuador, El Salvador and Guyana offer no protection. The species was exploited heavily in the 1960’s and 1970’s for the fur trade, but the species is recovering thanks to conservation efforts such as anti-hunting pressure and zoo efforts like the Species Survival Plan.
Found in the southeastern corner of Texas and every country south of the United States except Chile, ocelots occupy mangrove forests, coastal marshes, savannah grasslands, pastures and tropical forests.
Ocelots hunt nocturnal rodents such as mice, rats, possums, armadillos, but also fish, reptiles, birds and larger prey.