by Taetske | 2:31 pm
(Last Updated On: May 15, 2020)

The Ocelot, one of its habitats and the Wall

 

The beautiful face of an Ocelot

The beautiful face of an Ocelot

 

I think you will agree with me that the Ocelot is an amazing looking wild cat. The lovely pattern of its coat and elegant body makes this a beautiful animal. I would love to have one in my cat family. Because it can weigh up to 15.5 kg, it is considered a medium-sized member of the cat family and can be up to 1 meter long. This is much bigger than the normal house cat and is almost twice the size of the Maine Coon cat.

The Ocelot’s habitat ranges from northern Argentina to the southwestern United States.  It is an animal that becomes active at twilight and stays active during the night. It is a good climber and hunts small terrestrial mammals. The opossum, armadillo, and lagomorphs, which includes the hare, rabbit, and pika family, are all on the ocelot’s menu.

The Texan ocelots breed late in summer and after some months a litter of 2 or 3 cubs is born. The mother ocelot cares for her babies for 2 years. Lots of things they have to learn to be able to survive in the wildness. Its natural habitat is the Rio Grande Valley and biologists estimate that there are only 50 ocelots left in the United States and northeastern Mexico.

In 2009, 5 ocelots were sighted in Arizona and it is believed that they came from a population south of the border in the Mexican state of Sonora. It is obvious that special care needs to be taken to help the ocelot as it is on the border of extinction.

In this YouTube video, you can see how a young Ocelot is exploring its habitat and trying to fish, it is really cute.

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The pet of Salvador Dali

Did you hear the story about Salvador Dali?  He had a pet ocelot called Babou and would take it to a New York restaurant. He would tie the leash to the table leg and there Babou would be sitting with a stone-studded collar. Most guests would be rather surprised. This happened in the 1960s but nowadays the ocelots are on the endangered species list.

You may ask why I am telling you about this beautiful animal. Well, the reason is that the ocelot runs a grave danger and that danger is a wall. Yes, the wall that President Trump is so keen on building.

 

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

 

A collection of walls

World history has known many walls. Some are wonders of the world and some are despicable. Some have fallen or are in serious disrepair and some still exist today.

Take as an example the Great Wall of China. It started simply by the building of fortifications which were later connected by walls. The construction of the Great Wall took quite a few centuries and the first segments were built in predynastic China from 771-476 BC.

About 200 years later, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi wanted to protect his lands from nomads from Inner Asia and connected the fortifications by joining them with a continuous wall. Over time more segments of this wall and other walls were built by different rulers. This is a very long story which is not important for my post.

It is only to show you that wall-building, small or large, is something humans have done throughout history and the primary reason was to keep other humans out.

The Great Wall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and modern tourists visiting China will probably visit this monument. In 2003 the Chinese government enacted laws to protect it.

 

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

 

The Berlin Wall is another example of where a wall is built to control the population. This wall was meant to keep people inside Communist Germany and it completely circled West Berlin, cutting the city of Berlin in two. It separated families for a very long time, causing heartbreak and depression. Desperate attempts to “go over the wall” would result in capture or death.  Regardless, it almost always ended in tragedy.

The building of the Berlin Wall started on August 13, 1961. Upon completion, it was 168 km (104 miles) long and at its tallest, was 3.6 m ( 11.8 ft) high, blocking the view even from the first floor. Windows on the side of the wall were often closed with brick and mortar to further prevent escape to the West. On November 9, 1989, the wall came down and the two parts of Germany were reunited

Another well-known wall is the one constructed by Israel in the occupied West Bank. Construction started in June 2002 and it was built to keep (or force) some people out of Israel. The argument was that it was necessary for security.

I have always had a misunderstanding of the naming of this area called “the West Bank”. It is east of Israel and is the western side of occupied Palestine. The barrier wall (also known as separation fence, West Bank barrier, or even Apartheid Wall), generally follows the Green Line, established as the border between Palestinian populations and Israel.

But there are significant deviations from the previously established border.  It is almost 62% complete and after the entire 708 km length is constructed, an estimation of up to 13 % of Palestinian land will be on the Israeli side of this wall, effectively cutting off 10s of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and lands.

I am also thinking about the future like in 20 or 30 years. The south of Europe will become too hot to live due to climate change. That means that the people from the Mediterranean will move to the north. The question is will countries like Germany, Holland, and Belgium build a wall? What about America? Could it happen that Canada says we are full, you cannot come in, and eventually also build a wall?

There are though also good walls like the Great Green Wall of Africa. This is a natural barrier of planted trees that is meant to keep the Sahara from advancing. It stretches from the East to the West on the African continent. Can you imagine how happy wildlife will be with their new habitat?

Most of these walls have created problems be it in ancient history or more recently. There is another “famous” wall which is creating big problems, not only for people but also for fauna and flora.

 

The Wall

Nowadays, when you hear “The Wall” mentioned, most people will automatically think of President Trump and his election stumping announcement to build a wall keeping the Mexican people out and letting Mexico pay for it.

To be fair, part of the American wall exists already, 650 miles to be precise. The total border between Mexico and the United States is some 2000-mile long, so there still is a big gap to close. It depends on what type of construction you choose. One that lets water and wildlife through or a solid barrier that stops everything dead in its tracks.

Now, this is where an environmental problem starts. The construction of a solid wall is on its way, which will hinder the passing of anything bigger than a pocket mouse.

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Hollands solution for wildlife routes

Holland is a small country which is densely populated. It can boast of beautiful nature, big forests, and lots of wildlife. Being such a populated country, over time highroads have crossed the natural wildlife routes in many places.

A great solution was found. Bridges with vegetation were built over the highways so all animals could cross without danger. Normally people do not cross those bridges as they are only meant for animals. The country can boast of more than 66 of such bridges.

Coming back to the American Wall, bridges would not be practical in an effort to control immigration because people, as well as animals, would use them. Sadly, now the U.S. is building a wall that is insurmountable for wildlife, small and big. It is planned to have a total of 576 miles of the wall ready by the end of the year and it will only cost you, the taxpayer, a mere $11 billion.

Just imagine what one could do with all that money? Like taking the homeless off the streets. Or at least helping the homeless veterans by giving them Tiny Homes.  I bet there would be money left for better healthcare, etc. Just let your imagination run.

 

The problem with this President

When in the past, some good laws were put into place, laws like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, this president wipes these laws of the table with one sweep of his hand. The consequences are more than serious for all living things, and yes, humans included.

 

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

 

Some more species that will suffer

The building of this blocking wall will not only hinder the Ocelot from moving freely in his habitat.

The Saguaro cactus which grows in the Sonoran desert is being destroyed. To think that under Arizona law, someone convicted of cutting down or damaging a Saguaro cactus could face up to 25-years in prison. The sacred burial site of the Tohono O’odham people are being blown up to make space for the wall. Then there are quite a few endangered animal species that will suffer.

The Mexican Gray Wolf, which is the smallest of its species, is seeing its habitat reduced. In the late 1970s, America in collaboration with Mexico tried their best to save this wolf. Seven Mexican gray wolves were captured and bred in captivity. Now the total population of Mexican Gray Wolves are some 131 and are all descendants of those initial 7.

The wall will cut through the wolf populations and hinder a recovery to healthy genetic diversity. At the moment this little group is mainly brothers and sisters, and isolating this population is unhealthy as it will force inbreeding.

Another animal that will suffer the consequences of the wall is the Jaguar. It is the third-largest cat and the largest one native to North America. It boasts a lovely spotted coat and is really beautiful. They roam freely between Mexico and the United States so you can imagine that a wall will stop it from doing so. These last 20 years, 7 jaguars have been sighted in Arizona, but the wall will restrict its freedom.

The Peninsular Bighorn Sheep will not benefit from the wall and neither will aquatic species like the Quitobaquito pupfish or the Sonoyta mud turtle. To build this wall huge amounts of groundwater are required. Some estimate it as being as much as 50 million gallons (75 Olympic swimming pools).

Questions arise regarding the safety of the habitat of the mud turtle, which only has two habitats and the pupfish, which live in one of the mud turtle habitats. Where are the turtle and the pupfish going to live? Let’s face it, this wall is a killer and we should stop it.

 

An Afterthought

Something one should not forget is that border monitoring control vehicles, the noise of trucks and helicopters, all this will frighten wildlife far away from their habitat. The use of high-intensity floodlights and air pollution will also disturb and diminish wildlife. Do you want that to happen?

 

Source: Sierra Club, article by Garet Bleir, Feb 18, 2020

Photo Source: Pixabay

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Comments

KatieGoesKeto

Ocelots are so beautiful. I could watch the video of that cute baby all day long. 

I didn’t know Dali had a pet ocelot! That’s obviously not a great idea, lol, but it would have been a site to see. 

We have a carnivore rescue center near me that has tigers and servals and some other cats, but I am not sure about ocelots. I will check it out. 🙂 

Mar 09.2020 | 02:50 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Katie,

    Welcome to my website. Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    I am a big cat fan and also think this animal looks gorgeous. The endangered species act started in America in 1973 and over the years has highly contributed to saving so many plants and animals from extinction. That is why I do not understand how it is possible a president annuls such a helpful and important law. 

    Dali and Babou were from before this law and I am sure he treated Babou with lots of love and good care. Personally I prefer to see animals in the wild but I did confess in my post I would not mind adding an Ocelot to my cat family.

    Rescue centers are very good but if the reason is a stupid wall then I really do not agree with it. 

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 09.2020 | 02:50 pm

Shanta Rahman

Many thanks to you for sharing such an important article with us The Ocelot is an amazing wild cat and such a beautiful animal. My brother lives in the United States of America and I heard about this cat . And I was interested to know more about this cat and therefore I am happy to have come across your article today.

Through this article, I have learned more about animals and I think that they should be more protected. I never want anything that disrupts and diminishes wildlife. The building on this blocking wall will obstruct the free movement of the Ocelot. I really  think the government should look into this problem.

I have gained a lot of knowledge through your informative article and hopefully, others will gain a lot of knowledge too. Can I share your article on my social media?

Mar 09.2020 | 02:55 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Mobashera,

    Thank you for your visit and for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    That is very nice of you to share my article on your social media, the more people know about this the better.

    Walls are no good as they separate people and animals cannot roam freely which is very sad. I do hope this wall will never be completed.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 09.2020 | 03:38 pm

JULIUS

Reading your article makes me worry what this wall (that Trump is planning to build) could really bring to every human and animal of the present and next generation. But most likely, in my opinion, this could be the opposite of “freedom wall” wherein you are free to write whatever you want to. Thus, freedom is fully given to everyone!

Trump’s billion-dollar wall could definitely bring a negative impact not just for Mexico but also for other neighboring nations of the United States Of America and more so, to the life of every animal that gives beauty to nature and brings wonderful feelings to every human. 

Animals like the Ocelot should never be suppressed with freedom because like humans, they also have their own feelings, emotions and most importantly, the right to survive – The Wall will absolutely limit them from catching their foods and therefore their right to survive is in jeopardy. That’s pretty sad!

 

Mar 09.2020 | 04:17 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Julius,

    Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Personally I find it very worrying that good laws which have been in place for a long time, like the endangered species act of 1974, are now being eliminated, just like that. All the good those laws have provided will disappear in a very short time.

    The lack of feeling for nature and other human beings is so obvious with this president that I do not understand people vote for him. The consequences will be a burden for future generations and it is ever so sad.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 10.2020 | 11:30 am

alam jahangir

Hello! Many many thanks for sharing this article.

Yes, I agree with you that ocelots are amazing wild cats. Its coat and beautiful pattern of the elegant body make it such a beautiful creature. I have learned many things by reading your post. Recently, the destruction of forests has led to the disappearance of wild animals. Now a wall will be build to cause even more problems for animals.

The result of communal riots in different countries is also affecting wildlife. We all need to become aware of the existence of beautiful wild animals like ocelots. It is our duty to take care of fauna and flora. Thank you so much for your awareness and valuable article writing. Best of luck.

Mar 09.2020 | 04:20 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Alam,

    Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    When you look at the world it is so sad to see how wildlife has diminished. When good laws that protected our environment are taken away it becomes a disaster. When the natural balance is gone we will also suffer the consequences.

    We have to educate our children to take care of the environment which after all is our habitat. We also have to take care of who we choose as our leaders as their power can cause so much harm.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 12.2020 | 07:37 am

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