Ocelot Conservation Day is set for this Saturday, March 4. Thanks to the generous support of the Payne Auto Group, a live Ocelot is coming to the valley for all to see. Richard Moore has the story.
If you have always wanted to see an Ocelot then the upcoming Ocelot Conservation Day is the perfect opportunity. Biologists estimate that fewer than 80 of the rare cats remain in the United States, and deep South Texas is the only place in the country where a wild breeding population exists at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and private ranch lands.
Marion Mason, Ranger at Laguna Atascosa, encourages the public to attend this weekend’s event.
“It is very rare to see an Ocelot in the wild, because they are endangered and there are not that many left, and they are very secretive by nature. They tend to be more nocturnal. So, this is the best opportunity for the general public to come see a live ocelot, see how beautiful they are, make a connection with it and learn about what is happening with it, and the role that they can play.”
The Cincinnati Zoo will bring a live ocelot to the Valley for all to see.
“There are a lot of different activities for all ages. For the kids there is magnet making and mask making. For the adults, there are information booths so they can learn more and even a specialty Ocelot license plate that they can purchase.”