Since 2013 we have been feeding and observing ocelots near the lodge of Kabalebo. Here is an update:
In my previous posts I had introduced these wild cats to the outside world: ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) The area surrounding the airstrip of Kabalebo is part of their territory. Nocturnal animals who like to take long walks in search of food or to renew their territory. Since they made the area, near the lodge, also their territory I was able to treat them with some food: beef, chicken and fish. A welcoming treat for them, so it appeared, as they still come to visit their feeder on a nightly basis.
Here is an update of our cat family: the ocelots.
Lotje, the eldest female. She was the first one to appear in front of the cat feeder back in april 2013. Since the observation, she gave birth to 2 beautiful female ocelots: Katja and Spotje.
Boyke, the only male at the feeder and probably also the eldest. Sometimes he waits patiently before the food arrives. In the month april and may he was involved in a territorial fight and his nose was badly injured. During that time he appeared every night at the feeder. Due to his injury it was difficult for him to hunt so the feeder was of great help for him. Luckily he recovered.
Katja, daughter no. 1 of Lotje. I witnessed her grow from a kitten into a young adult. By now she is 3 years old. I haven't seen her for months at the feeder. It is possible that she expanded her horizon and went the distance.
Spotje, daughter no. 2 of Lotje. Since the month May she started to wander by herself. Just like her sister Katja, she relies on the feeder the first few months before finding her own way too. No doubt she will also succeed.