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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
Appearance: They have coats of fur marked with both black spots and rosettes. The spots help break up their body outline and resemble the pattern that sunlight makes on the ground through the forest's canopy!
Size: 5.8 to 8.7 feet long; Males average 25 pounds, females average 20 pounds
Diet: small to medium-sized mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles
Reproduction: breed year round, especially from September-November. Gestation period = 79 to 85 days. Females give birth to 1-3 young and care for them alone.
Behavior: They're primarily nocturnal and solitary. They keep to areas of dense underbrush if they hunt during the day. They use scent marks to mark territories. They climb down trees headfirst to keep their eyes on the surrounding area.
Habitat/Range: humid rainforests of southwest Texas to Paraguay and northern Argentina
Lifespan: 14 years
Threats: currently threatened by habitat loss and the illegal trade of pelts and cubs
Franklin Park Zoo Habitat: Tropical Forest - kitten born in July!
Straw-Colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum)
Appearance: Tawny brown color
Size: Their bodies are small—about 5 to 9 inches long - but their wingspan can reach 3 feet.
Reproduction: Females give birth once/year from February-May. Cycle shifts to suit the environment and seasonal climate.
Behavior: Love to roost by day on tall trees, lofts, or caves in colonies of 100,000 to 1,000,000. Their strong, tapered wings allow it to fly great distances and they have actually been found 125 miles out to sea!
Habitat/Range: native to Sub-Saharan Africa
Lifespan: Up to 21 years
Threats: Near threatened
Franklin Park Zoo Habitat: Tropical Forest
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