Conservationists have captured a rare look at an elusive ocelot in the Arizona wild.

Stunning footage from remote sensor cameras in the southwest United States shows multiple views of a wild cat nicknamed ‘Lil Jefe’ as he sips from a creek and passively takes in his surroundings.

The footage comes at what experts say is a ‘critical point’ in ocelot conservation; the striking felines have long been subject to poaching and habitat loss, and now face mounting threats from plans for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

Conservation CATAlyst released the incredible footage on Sunday.

According to the researchers, these wild animals are ‘exceedingly rare,’ and only five individuals have been verified in Arizona since 2009.

These cats can be found in tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America, with Arizona being the northernmost territory in their range.

‘Captured by remote sensor cameras just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, this extraordinary footage provides a rare glimpse of one of North America’s most mysterious wild felines,’ Conservation CATalyst said.

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