American Ocelot

American Ocelot tells the story of one of the most endangered and beautiful wild cats in the United States. With fewer than 100 remaining in the US, the ocelot is genetically isolated and only exists in Texas. With many factors acting against them, there is still hope for their survival… if opposing parties can come to an agreement on their management methods.


Director: Ben Masters

Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award-winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.

United States
33 Min.
Director: Ben Masters
Editing: Shannon Vandivier
Producer: Katy Baldock