The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a mammal that is in the cat family. These animals are about the size of a small dog and has dark jaguar-like spots and rings on dark yellowish fur. The ocelot lives in the forests and grassy plains of South and Central America. They have a small home range where they will stay all their life. These animals usually hunt at night, but it will also hunt during the day. They are carnivores, which means they eat only meat. They feed mostly on rabbits, small rodents, and birds. The ocelot only produces one to two offspring a year. Because of its beautiful coat these animals have become endangered.