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This shot of an ocelot was taken at the Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Twice the size of the average housecat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat. These largely nocturnal cats use keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs. They also take to the trees and stalk monkeys or birds. Unlike many cats, they do not avoid water and can swim well.

Many ocelots live under the leafy canopies of South American rain forests, but they also inhabit brushlands and can be found as far north as Texas. These cats can adapt to human habitats and are sometimes found in the vicinity of villages or other settlements.

Ocelots’ fine fur has made them the target of countless hunters, and in many areas they are quite rare, including Texas, where they are endangered. Ocelots are protected in the United States and most other countries where they live.

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  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, well done!!!

  • Thank you very much Vicki … greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • nannajul
    nannajulabout 5 years ago

    Stunning and very elusive creatures. A great capture indeed, and beautifully presented here.

  • Thank you very much Julie … greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful and clear capture!!

  • Thank you very much Rainy!!

    – John Absher

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiabout 5 years ago

    Great spotlight on the face. Very captivating image with that “on edge” expression.

  • Thanks Adam. The light was almost perfect as far as I was concerned. I was actually shooting from a vantage point about 15-20 below the little cave he was in and the lighting down there was not all that good, BUT there was natural light shining from above and I got lucky enough to be ready for a few shots just as the keeper was coming in to feed this guy so he started prowling his way down and I caught a few shots where that light did hit his face just about perfectly … one of those moments in time we always hope for!!

    – John Absher

  • AngieM
    AngieMabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Angie!!

    – John Absher

  • Kelelina
    Kelelinaabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! Beautiful capture!!

  • Thanks Cheryl … greatly appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 5 years ago

    I have seen this guy several times and you have truly captured his essence! Just wonderful!

  • Thanks Kimberly!! Since you are apparently quite familiar with the setting, I suspect you will know exactly what I meant about the lighting in my previous response to Adam.

    – John Absher

  • Jan Szymczuk
    Jan Szymczukabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot…

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 5 years ago

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asherabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture John, perfect moment there mate well done.

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