An Ocelot kitten born at the Cameron Park Zoo is being called a “miracle baby” because it was born to a mother who was beyond the known breeding age for Ocelots. The kitten, a male named Aztec, is the first.
The ocelot ( Leopardus pardalis), also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively over South America including the islands of Trinidad and Margarita, Central America, and Mexico.
A sad fact. ocelots are one of the most sought after wildcats on the black market. They are purchased at ridiculously high prices and the breeding and selling of them is perpetuating the suffering of wildcats nationwide and, indeed worldwide.