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Ocelot

ocelot in den by C. Ziegler

I studied ocelots in Panama, working with students to publish information about their diet, home range patterns, diseases, and interactions with their prey.  We found them to be a major predator of agoutis, often hunting them at night by trying to get into their burrows (video below).  Ocelots at our site eat a lot of sloths, and we found them attacking them in low bushes, as well as scavenging on sloths killed by other predators. The ocelots we studied also reach larger sizes than elsewhere, including the 18.5kg male we named Bobby, who provided interesting stories in his life and death. I also helped Christian Ziegler with a National Geographic Magazine article about our research.

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