As with many other exotic animals, the Ocelot has been a favourite exotic pet for many years despite regulations prohibiting it. Somewhat more feasible of a wild cat pet than a tiger or lion, a famous example comes from Spanish painter Salvador Dali who had a pet ocelot by the name of Babou.
Thanks to conservation efforts, including those by Frontier, the Ocelot's numbers are steadily growing after being devastated by the fur industry. Hands on conservation as well as teaching and the raising of awareness about these animals, and similar others, has helped the Ocelot return from being critically endangered.
Hopefully, continued efforts will strengthen the Ocelot's population further so that the illusive cat can become more visible.
For more information about Frontier's Costa Rica Big Cats project, follow the link.