Zoo to educate Border Patrol agents on Ocelot population
POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 9:14am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 9:21am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Cincinnati Zoo will be bringing a Ocelot to bring awareness and inform Border Patrol agents on how they can help in protecting the animal.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the Border Patrol agency have partnered together for the 14th Annual Ocelot Conservation Festival to educate agents if they may encounter the animal in the wild.
“This collaborative partnership between Fish and Wildlife and the Border Patrol is an important way in which we can coordinate efforts that will allow agents to accomplish their mission while at the same time protecting refuge lands and habitat for wildlife,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa.
The Ocelot is native to the Valley and is considered an endangered species with an estimated number of 50 living in the region.