|Purrfection is an example of how exotic cats who were bred for the pet trade hindered true conservation efforts. Brokers and breeders will tell you that the are breeding exotic animals to save them from extinction but none of them are involved in real Species Survival Plans. |
The ocelot was considered such a common pet in the 60's that the true conservationists did not prepare for the fact that these cats were being bred and cross bred with no consideration of their origin. No records were kept saying if the cat was Mexican, where it would know not to go near poisonous snakes, or if it were Costa Rican where non poisonous snakes are a staple in the Ocelot's diet. No offspring from these generic cats could ever be returned to the wild.