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OCELOT

A

Ocelots can smell better than you but not as well as your dog. TRUE: Ocelots have an excellent sense of smell—better than a human’s but not quite as good as a dog’s.

B

Ranchers like ocelots.

C

Ocelots make great pets.

D

The common name “ocelot” comes from an Aztec word.

TRUE: Ocelots keep the rodent population in check and do not eat livestock. FALSE: They are wild and do not safely adjust to a home environment.

TRUE: Tlalocelotyl means “field tiger.” The ocelot’s scientific name, Leopardis pardalis, means “like a leopard” in Latin.

E

There are lots of ocelots living in the wild. FALSE: Populations are in jeopardy due to habitat destruction and overhunting. Ocelots are hunted for their fur as well as for the illegal pet trade. They live in North, Central, and South America.

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