WCS 3-Sentence Science
Understanding Amazonia’s Mysterious Ocelots
June 6, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present the work of WCS Amazonia conservation manager Fabio Rohe on conservation of ocelots in the Brazilian Amazon:
- Researchers conducted a 12-year study from 2010 to 2017 on ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) in the Brazilian Amazon, deploying 899 camera traps at 12 stations to determine habitat preferences, which were largely unknown.
- Their findings show that ocelots are ubiquitous and adaptable, and seemingly abundant in protected areas or wherever there are forests populated with suitable prey.
- The authors warn, however, that this does do not justify complacency regarding their conservation, as deforestation is destroying their habitat.
Study and Journal: “Habitat use of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) in Brazilian Amazon” from Ecology and Evolution
WCS Co-Author(s): Fabio Rohe, WCS Amazonia Conservation manager
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