Please be advised that on April 25 at Franklin Park Zoo and April 26 at Stone Zoo, we will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or



Leopardus pardalis

About the Ocelot


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Leopardus
Species: pardalis

These predatory cats have striking coats of fur marked with both black spots and rosettes. They're primarily nocturnal, solitary animals. They hunt during the day and are very secretive, keeping to areas of dense brush or other heavy cover.

Ocelot Facts

An ocelot’s fur is short haired and marked with both black spots and rosettes. Their base color ranges from grayish to reddish brown. Their stomachs tend to be lighter or white in color. Two black lines run down the length of both sides of their face and the tail is marked with black bands.

Length: 5.8 to 8.7 feet
Weight: Males average 25 pounds, females average 20 pounds

Ocelots prey upon small to medium-sized mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Ocelots breed year round but especially from September to November. After a gestation period ranging from 79 to 85 days, females give birth to one to three young. Females take care of the young alone and sexual maturity is reached around 15 months (for males) to 18 months (for females).

Ocelots are generally solitary, nocturnal animals. If forced to hunt during the day, they keep to areas of dense underbrush. Their spots help break up their body outline and resemble the pattern that sunlight makes on the ground through the forest's canopy. A male’s territory overlaps several adjacent female territories. They use scent marks to mark the borders of their territories. They climb down trees headfirst to keep their eyes on the surrounding area.

Ocelots range throughout humid rainforests of southwest Texas to Paraguay and northern Argentina.

Median Life Expectancy:
15.4 years

Ocelots are currently threatened by habitat loss and the illegal trade of pelts and cubs.

Supporting Species Survival

Zoo New England participates in the ocelot Species Survival Plan. By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.