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Ocelots in central Panama seem to be more successful at hunting larger prey than ocelots in other regions. Research of ocelot fecal deposits documented the diets of these animals on Barro Colorado Island and in mainland central Panama and compared them to diet studies performed at seven other sites. Results showed that the Panamanian ocelots ate more medium-size prey (agoutis, sloths, iguanas) than the seven ocelot populations studied in sites with healthy jaguar populations. Those ocelot populations generally fed on small rodents and other mammals weighing less than a kilogram (2.2 pounds). The near absence of jaguars in central Panama gives its ocelots—and pumas—better opportunities to eat larger prey.
—Karen Courtnage

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Discover the research projects taking place in this biologically rich island, and learn about its history and the conservation initiatives that staff scientists have created.
ARTS Initiative
Get more information about this innovative research system developed by Roland Kays and Martin Wikelski.
IUCN's Cat Specialist Group–Ocelots
Learn more about ocelots at this site from the World Conservation Union.


Emmons, Louise H. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: A Field Guide, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Fitzgerald, Sarah. International Wildlife Trade: Whose Business Is It? World Wildlife Fund, 1989.
Haines, Aaron M., Michael E. Tewes, and Linda L. Laack. "Survival and Sources of Mortality in Ocelots." Journal of Wildlife Management (January 2005), 255.
Murray, Julie L., and Gregory L. Gardner. "Leopardus pardalis." Mammalian Species (May 9, 1997), 1-10. Available online at www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/VHAYSSEN/msi/
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Nowell, Kristin, and Peter Jackson. Wild Cats: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. World Conservation Union (IUCN), 1996.

NGS Resources

Wilsdon, Christina. "A Spot for the Ocelot." National Geographic World (June 1994), 15-18.
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