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Camera Trap Captures Images of Texas Ocelot Kittens

December 20, 2016

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Three week old male ocelot kitten. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Three week old male ocelot kitten. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

Great news for ocelots: This year, several females with kittens were documented in South Texas using remote cameras.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a public service announcement brimming with good news, including the first ocelot den documented in 20 years on Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, and ocelots with kittens on the Yturria Ranch, a private ranch protected by conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy and USFWS.

I’ve followed Texas ocelot conservation closely since I visited Laguna Atascosa and the Yturria Ranch in 2014. It’s often difficult to find good news for these spotted cats. Their habitat faces numerous threats, and roads crisscross their range. Every cat counts. Losing even one has implications for the population.

Just weeks after I left, an ocelot was killed on a highway, a devastating loss. Then it got worse. This May, I reported on a shocking surge in ocelot road deaths, with seven killed in a one-year period. The future, I thought, looked bleak for this charismatic species.

But camera traps revealed a hopeful story. Ocelots are breeding and having kittens. According to Hilary Swarts, UWFWS wildlife biologist stationed at Laguna Atascosa NWR, a couple of years of abundant rainfall led to plant growth, which in turn provided food for the wildlife that ocelots eat, including rodents, rabbits and birds.

Mother ocelot and two kittens on Yturria Conservation Easement. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mother ocelot and two kittens on Yturria Conservation Easement. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

“With plenty of food and water, and minimal disturbance from humans, female ocelots have all the resources they need to reproduce successfully,” said Swarts in the announcement.

Ocelots are elusive, stalking thick brush impenetrable to researchers. Camera traps and GPS collars provide researchers with a more complete understanding of the cats and their movements.

From the release:

Of the seven known adult female ocelots at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, two are just now reaching the age to reproduce, three have recently been photographed with healthy-looking kittens following close behind, and one adult female has not yet been seen with any offspring.  However, the seventh female brought researchers the most exciting discovery of all.

Ocelot kitten being checked by biologists. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ocelot kitten being checked by biologists. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

Using GPS technology, biologists tracked her movements and discovered the first confirmed ocelot den at the refuge in nearly twenty years.  At the den site, researchers rejoiced to find a male ocelot kitten, weighing just shy of a pound, estimated to be three weeks old.  The researchers took measurements and photos and left the area as quickly as possible in the interest of minimal disturbance.   His mother, approximately 11 years old, was not at the den at the time, but returned soon after.  USFWS researchers plan to track the kitten’s growth and progress in the coming years.

Swarts and other researchers track and monitor ocelots in south Texas, collecting data on their population numbers, health, habitat use, range, and reproduction.  These new kittens are now part of this ongoing effort.

Research also demonstrates the vital role private ranchlands play in ocelot conservation. Of the adult females captured on camera by USFWS biologists at the Yturria conservation easement, at least three have kittens. One ocelot had twins.

I visited the Yturria Ranch with The Nature Conservancy’s Sonia Najera during my field reporting trip. Najera’s knowledge, her strong relationships with the ranch managers and the wildlife roaming typify The Nature Conservancy’s approach. It’s why I’m proud to work for this organization, and proud to be a conservationist.

Ocelot kitten at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Ocelot kitten at Laguna Atascosa NWR. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s not always easy. As Aldo Leopold wrote, “’One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.”

But seeing these images of ocelots reminds us the work is worth it. The ocelots are not safe yet. They face many perilous challenges. But they’re still there, hunting and breeding and having kittens in the South Texas shrub. Long may that be true.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy and editor of the Cool Green Science blog. A lifelong naturalist and outdoor enthusiast, he has covered stories on science and nature around the globe. Matt has worked for the Conservancy for the past 14 years, previously serving as director of communications for the Idaho program. More from Matt

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  1. Excellent news. I would request that in the future, actual dates be given, since it’s not readily apparent if this article is contemporaneous with the discovery of kittens or if those events happened quite some time earlier. I was already aware of Ocelot and Jaguarundi historical sightings at Laguna Atascosa NWR, but not these numbers. Thank you.

  2. They are beautiful. Wonderful news in a world that continues to gouge out animal habitats. Is it possible to put fencing along the roads to prevent more deaths? Canada has done this and made a significant difference in animal/car collisions. Thanks!

  3. Wonderful we need land bridges and tunnels for wildlife everywhere with proper fencing to guide the animals to those structures that aren’t built yet we’re loosing animals all over the US I’m an over the road trucker I’ve seen way to much roadkill just name a animal I’ll tell you where I seen it from moose to mink I’ve seen it

  4. Not good news….Soon fish and game and the nature conservancy will put large swaths of land off base…Remember, animals are more important than people to these liberals…

    1. You sound like you do not support wildlife preservation by your comment. Homo sapiens are NOT an endangered specie….. our numbers worldwide are out of control. Wildlife habitat and corridors MUST be protected to ensure their continuation. Every day species go extinct somewhere in the world due to our misuse.

  5. This is great news !! Now if there were some news like this on the worlds third largest cat, the Jaguar !!!

    1. Dear Wayne, Yes, the news is great and it would be fabulous news to hear the same for JAGUARS!
      They both need protection and saveways for them to travel.

      Dale Kasman
      Surprise, Az.

  6. The increase in ocelot roadkills could mean more roads, more traffic, fewer culverts, more shrub encroachment in road rights-of-way, or, we hope, more ocelots. I wonder which it largely is. Another question is how coyote and bobcat populations effect ocelots. Reckon we can get P. Trump to install wildlife crossings in the border wall?

  7. Wonderful news! Ocelots, like other wildlifeand domestic felines, are beautiful animals. It would great if the road death problem could be resolved.

  8. This is great news! I didn’t even know about this species. All cat lovers should be aware of the Ocelet.

  9. Beautiful article. As a Biologist, I am so happy to read that Ocelots may be making a comeback in Texas. I hope in Arizona as well. As this is the limit of their Northern Range, it is critical that Ocelots be protected.
    Thank you

    1. I completely agree with you that there should be more protections for Ocelets here in Arizona as well and should also include Jaguars. Two of most favorites.

      Dale Kasman, Surprise, Az.

  10. Volunteered at Laguna Atascosa NWR in 2004, and photographed an ocelot as it was released from a live trap. Magnificent animal (and very fast). Glad to see that the species is still holding on, and hope it continues to as its range is ever more fragmented by development and man made structures erected along the Mexican border, which serve to keep out these migrants as well as human ones.

  11. Beautiful to see! Timely, uplifting reporting for those of us interested in maintaining intact ecosystems in our great country.

  12. How can we educate drivers to be aware of wildlife when they cross roads? Not only am I concerned about the adults but also the young who have short wobbly legs and follow their parents very slowly. I would love to see structures on roads, underpasses, tunnels, or bridges designed to enable wildlife to safely cross roads. I think some states have already initiated some of these into their highway system.

  13. Fantastic news – which is rare these days. Keeping my fingers crossed for these amazing animals.
    Ake Rosenqvist, Tokyo/Japan

  14. It’s so good to hear some good news for a change. Thank you for keeping hope alive.

  15. This news makes me so happy to read. Years ago we lived in Texas and I was unaware of the ocelots in Texas. We now live in Florida and there are similar things happening with the Florida panthers. What can be done to keep these cats safe and away from the roads. I know they post signs and lower speed limits. As the human population goes up and new homes disturb what was once their living area the problem will only increase. Thank you for all that you are doing for conserving these beautiful creatures.

  16. Oh!, they are precious. I hope they continue to be safe.is an ocelot a jaguar ? I know they are native to the American continent.Great news may they live peacefully and unperturbed.

  17. Great great news. But keep an eye on them and keep the poachers- who do not respect preserves- under watch. They will kill them if they can.

  18. More land needs to be set aside sans asphalt killing strips crossing it for the convenience of the worst mindless predator on earth — the pompous self-important human.

  19. Dear Matt, Thank you for sharing the good news about the Ocelots. And thank you for the heroric work you do.

  20. I’m concerned about the wall that will be built by Trump. This will pose a problem for this and other species that roam. Are there still plans for tunnels in the works?

  21. Thank You, So Happy to hear that news. 🙂
    Blessings for ALL of you Fantastik Scientist So Glad that You are there!!!

  22. This was a fascinating article.
    I never knew the cats existed.
    I appreciate your dedication and work as a conservationist.

  23. I enjoyed so much reading about the ocelot kittens
    It always breaks my heart when you hear how close to extinction such beautiful and graceful creatures come to the brink.
    Thank goodness for organizations such as the Nature Conservancy

  24. Please don’t let any hunters, trappers, poachers, know where they are. Please.

  25. This is a very heart warming story.
    I love cats of all types & very much appreciate the work that the Nature Conservancy is doing in so many areas.

  26. Yea for the ocelots! I worked for USFWS in the 90’s in that area…good to hear a little bit of good news.

  27. Do everything you can to preserve these beautiful cats and thier kittens !!!

  28. this is good news and I hope man doesn’t come along and screw things up for these rare cats. Do no harm to them and protect them.

  29. Could a safe road crossing tunnel and fencing be installed to make it safer for the Ocelots to traverse the terrain, without crossing the road? I know that’s expensive, but it would be worth it if it saved this beautiful wild cat and ensure they survive in Texas.

  30. All the protections we have should be afforded to protecting these ocelots and all remaining wildlife, lest we become a land baron of life’s true nature. Our worldly was meant to be shared with nature, we cannot kill our way to one vision of perfection. God gave us perfection in the universe he created, we just have to open our eyes to touch the beauty all around us, in environment and the creatures that inhabit it.

  31. If Trump extends the wall, wildlife corridors will be severely compromised.
    Glad to hear good news about the beautiful Ocelots!

  32. Do you really think it a good idea to publish this find. There are probably already some American hunters or trappers heading in their direction.

  33. Thank you conservationists, volunteers, and friendly ranchers for working on this project! In these days, it makes my heart warm to learn of people like you

  34. I agree with the comments about fencing and bridges that are needed in the U.S. to protect wildlife as well as habitat loss that needs protecting from encroachment by humans. Other countries, like Canada, have done it and the U.S. certainly has more resources, we should do better. Once these wonderful and endangered wildlife are lost, they are lost forever.

  35. Thank you for these important photos of the Ocelots. Every new animal life is a celebration worthy of print and photos. We are losing so many species due to their habitat loss and mankind with his big trucks and boats. What a shameful thing for humanity. Matt, you are appreciated.

  36. “Trump’s Wall” will block off Ocelots, Jaguars, and their prey. Trump’s wall will be no benefit for Florida and many other states with no borders with Mexico. What would stop undocumented immigrants would be “no jobs” so start there.

  37. Great news and babies so gorgeous little creatures!
    Thank you for protecting them!
    Oksana

  38. Hallelujah! God bless and keep theses cats safe and successfully reproducing!

  39. Y E S ! This is really great news. Love seeing the pics. Hope they (the kittens) are all doing well. This is so very COOL. Just gotta love it. Keep up the GREAT work.

  40. So happy for usual! I wonder after ykou visit the den how does the mother react? Does sniff and look around four who I was there?

  41. Thank U. They are darling. I love All cats. My cat is my best friend. She is always here for me, never lies to me, eats and sleeps with me. God Bless U and the Ocelots. Nina (80 yrs. old) No money

    1. DearNina, Good for you and your best friend.

      Dale Kasman
      Surprise, Arizona

  42. This project is an excellent example of perseverance in conservation. I hope to hear that it becomes ever more successful in making the endangered ocelot a permanent resident of the American southwest again. I remember an old Golden Guide I had as kid in the 1950’s which showed this cat’s range to include the southwest U.S. I believe the Jaguarundi and Jaguar were also part of our fauna back then. Congratulations on your present and, in advance, future success in this conservation effort.

  43. So happy for us. I wonder after you visit the den how does the mother react? Does she sniff and look around for who I was there?

  44. Mr. Miller,
    This is exciting and very promising. Congratatulations and thank you for the tireless work you perform. We need you and more like you!
    Sincerely,
    Mr. B. Smith

  45. Our family is so happy to see that Ocelot families are getting a chance to live. All life on Earth deserves a chance, not just humans.

  46. I LOVE these big kitties!!! (Would love to cuddle this kitten.) Thank you for the article and pictures of these beautiful cats, and for all the good work you do on their behalf. I pray they continue to do well in the wild.

  47. Great work in presenting this news to us and god bless you and the future of the ocelots………many thanks!

  48. How will Humpty-Trumpty’s “Great Wall” affect the habitat of these beautiful ocelots and other native species?

  49. This is one of the few articles that I have seen on Ocelots. It is very interesting and educational. Thank you.

  50. This is wonderful news! Thank you for bringing this story to our attention.

    My biggest fear, however, is the Trump wall and how it will affect wildlife populations that traverse the southern United States/northern Mexico regions. What measures and protections are in place at this time? What can we do as concerned citizens to ensure the wall does no harm to the animal populations in this area?

  51. Nice article but you might consider recasting this sentence: “This year several females were documented in South Texas using remote cameras.” Damn smart ocelots!

  52. Thank you for reporting this. Hopefully the USFWS will continue to keep a watchful eye out for them.

  53. Thank you for this positive news! It’s so easy to feel weighed down by all the negatives nowadays.

  54. WOW! Forgive me for my ignorance, but I didn’t know there were ocelots in Texas.
    This is wonderful, and new ocelot kittens are more wonderful.

  55. Thank you for this wondrrful news! So glad to see these beautiful wild cats with heslthy kittens.

  56. The ocelots kitten is just adorable!!! Thank You for taking the pictures and helping to preserve there lives on Earth…

  57. They’re precious! Reminds me of the old TV show ‘Honey West’ and the leading lady had a pet ocelot. And then there’s a German party song whose title translates as, “What do you call a female ocelot?” LOL It’s like you can call a male cat a tom but never is mentioned the female counterpart, which is the rare term ‘queen’. Other species have universally known titles such as a ‘bitch’ for a female dog (although there’s no mention of a male dog, although in racing sheets pertaining to dogs and horses bred for racing as the ‘sire’ for the father and ‘dam’ for its mother); cattle, bears, whales, armadillos are called bulls for males and cows for females and their offspring are referred to as ‘pups’ like seals and dogs.
    Speaking of armadillos, could you send a few photos of them to me? I’ve always had a penchant for exotic animals like hedgehogs, pangolins, etc) but never considered myself to be a radical animal rights’ nut by any stretch…LOL
    Thanks

  58. These ocelots are amazing and I hope that their well being will be guarded so that they can thrive and multiply in peace. What a privilege to see these far off relations of our tabby cats!

  59. Great news. Agree with other commenters would love to see more save animal crossings (either over passes or underpasses) to allow for safer animal ranging . This has been shown to reduce road kills, & these cats are special.

  60. Will The Nature Conservancy be able to keep the wall from being built on their land?

  61. Thanks for showing a picture of the ocelots. I give to Nature Conservancy because even if I won’t see the animal in person, it is good to know they are out there to bring balance to the earth. You are much appreciated!

  62. Your information is so great to hear. They are beautiful creatures and like others need to be left alone by humans and all of our construction . They deserve land also. I hope they stay safe and grow in numbers!

  63. Thank you for some good news! It seems that lately all the news I read or hear is about ecological disasters looming in the near future from the current political situation. It’s nice to hear something uplifting!

  64. With so few ocelots left in Texas, how will that impact their survival with limited breeding variability?

  65. Thank you Matt & The Nature Conservancy for sharing this great news & these joyful images!

  66. Keep up the good work. These cats are beautiful! I am so glad someone is out there looking out for them. You are so wonderful!

  67. Matt,
    Is it possible to build safe crossings for animals? Either under the highway or over it. I’ve read about that in other wild areas that have roads crossing them.

  68. Beautiful precious animals. So precious!! Please keep them safe, always. Especially from hunters and unscrupulous people. God Bless Them, and watch over them. They are part of Nature; so important.

    1. It is illegal to hunt ocelots. Anyone who kills one is a poacher, not a hunter.

  69. I am so happy that these baby ocelots have been found. Please keep the species alive. We are losing species at an unheard of rate.
    we must do all we ca to make sure the species survives.
    Thank you

  70. Keep up your important work. I talk about ocelots with children at the Milwaukee County Zoo using the Endangered Species Cart.

  71. I’m very pleased to learn about the “resurgence”, perhaps too optimistic a word for the growing population of the ocelot.
    I recall some 50 years ago a friend in Manhattan, N.Y. who had one as a pet which in those days could be purchased from a wild animal pet shop in lower Manhattan. My spelling is probably incorrect however Trefics was it’s name. Anything from pythons to cheetahs, and countless tropical birds, etc..
    I’m glad that’s over. Now the tragic issue, scanned hunting and the cruelty wild cats, etc. face from inhuman and worse internet purchasers. Five thousand wild cats in private hands in Texas alone I’ve heard.

  72. They are so cute too! Wonderful news about the ocelot kittens in Texas!

  73. Thanks for your extremely important work informing the public about these gorgeous creatures.

  74. Would like to know how Trump’s plan to build a wall will affect these ocelots.

  75. Glad to hear they have found proof of ocelot kittens being found in the wild in Texas, my state. I love animals but have never heard or seen one of these cats until the email I just got from the Nature Conservancy. Glad to know there is good educated people who care so much about God’s creatures on planet Earth, and doing everything in trying to keep their lands protected, and keeping them from going extinct. I need to renew my memvlbership. On my end I’m constantly signing tons of anti-cruelty petitions against severe animal abuse, neglect and even horrific torture of innocent animals that’s on the rise all over the world. I go to sleep thinking about this and being so sad about it. I don’t know why human beings have any desire to hurt animals just trying to survive or even so giving of unconditional love. God bless Nature Conservancy and all their hard work!!

  76. Thank you for the wonderful pictures of the kittens. I love ocelots……they are so beautiful. Thank you for your work to help these babies.

  77. This is such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing. How far North of the Laguna Atoscosa area have the cats been found? There was a sighting of a Jaguarundi just South of La Grange about 10 years ago, so I have hope that one day both species can come back fully!

  78. How come roads crisscross the Yturria Ranch, & as a result endanger the ocelot cats?
    Since every cat counts, is there a way to prevent them not to be killed on highways?
    I hope your camera really reveals a hopeful story. May be before cameras were used in the past, the ocelot cats were even more abundant than you thought, but right now you know more that they are producing, so you think it is more hopeful.
    I hope more things can be done to help them to survive! I have read about another person suggesting building fences. May be walls should be built just like what Trump is suggesting between Mexico & USA!
    Cars should not be allowed to access the Yturria Ranch! Helping them to breed & keep them healthy is also important so that they can live longer life & strong & fit!

  79. The sight of those beautiful animals makes me happy. Hope Trump’s wall will do them no harm.

  80. OH! THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! I hope and pray they will have a safe home long into the future.

  81. Fabulous! This is truly heartening news and I hope the Ocelots will continue to flourish and proliferate in Texas way into the future.

  82. This is wonderful news for the Texas ocelots, and for all of us who love these incredible wild cats. It’s a very different situation here in L.A., as detailed in this news report of Jan. 28, ’17.
    ***
    “An 8-month-old female mountain lion — named P-51 — was killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway, 1 mile east of the Rocky Peak exit near Simi Valley, the same area where the cougar’s mother — and later her sibling — were struck and killed in December, authorities said. It was a particular blow to many who have been pushing for measures to preserve the mountain lion population in a corridor where they say the cats have roamed long before freeways were built. It was particularly tough because the most recent death was the third in the same family of cats — all fatally struck on the same stretch near the Santa Susana Mountains — in a matter of weeks. …
    “P-39, the cougar’s mother, was struck and killed on the same freeway on Dec. 3. P-52, the young lion’s sibling, died on Dec. 20. …
    “The death of P-51 is the 17th known case of a mountain lion killed on a freeway or road in or around the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002, officials added.”
    ***
    That leaves only one P-39 kitten now, on his own, at only 8 months old. Evidence from the death last month of his sister shows that they’ve at least begun learning to hunt, but survival without the mother is very much in question. The good news is just in November, 2016, a large swath of land was finally purchased to help create a wildlife corridor between Simi Valley, near where these lions were killed, and the Santa Monica Mountains, which has been isolated from other lion populations by the 101 Freeway to the south. My question though, is this: Something MUST be done to prevent these animals from crossing the 118 Freeway until corridor bridges or tunnels can be built. One workable pedestrian overpass already exists in the area, but no fencing exists to guide the lions and other animals to it. What can be done to speed up the proposed construction of even simple freeway fencing, especially in this high-concentration area of freeway deaths?

  83. I am so happy to hear of the people who will allow conservation easements by The Nature Conservancy and USFWS on their private ranch. Bravo to all such people who work with conservationists to help improve our world to help make it a better place for wildlife and for us! I would like to sincerely thank them for their stewardship!

  84. What wonderful news! I believe there has been or will be a tunnel under one of the highways to allow the ocelots safe passage from one side of the road to the other. Hopefully this will cut down on the deaths.

  85. Although this is wonderful news, I wonder which of these kittens will lose it`s mother to a car or truck
    or, when it reaches it`s prime, will be killed the same way. There is a real need and a responsibility to protect these magnificent cats !

  86. This is great news! Thank you for your dedication. This will remind me to donate because a healthy land results in health wild creatures.

  87. What wonderful news in this world of lots of “not so good news.” Thank you for all you are doing to help the ocelots…and all the rest too! Now, if you could somehow remedy the road situation.

  88. It is important to protect and preserve our wild life and their habitat. Climate change and the environment are the most crucial issues facing the world today.

  89. Thanks for all the good you do. We are lucky to have you saving the world

  90. Thank you so much for all who participated in this research on the ocelots I so wish I could join you have been a lifelong dream working and conserving the animals of the world that are endangered or threatened God bless keep up the good work

  91. What a pleasure to hear good news about something! Such a wonderful thing you are all doing to make
    sure we can keep these animals off the extinct list, and provide years to for us and upcoming
    generations to enjoy.

  92. Mr. Miller, I am so impressed with the work you have put in to following and preserving these beautiful animals. I know so much about other endangered species in other parts of the world. This is the first time I learned about our native cat’s predicament. I hope to read more about the efforts of you and others to save this precious animal. Many thanks to you and Nature Conservancy, which I will continue to support. Sincerely, Faith C. Molfesi of Indian Trail, NC

  93. This was wonderful news, I hope and pray that they stay safe and that the moms will have more babies!! Thank you for the fantastic work that you do!!!!

  94. So happy to see these photos and read about the others.
    Our natural world is so precious . . . thank you for all you do!

  95. Thanks!- It is so important that we do all we can to protect ocelots .
    Sincerely, Betty

  96. This is exciting to see, such beautiful ocelots and know they are breeding gives a person hope that we can protect our precious species and resources through programs such as yours…very inspiring and
    great news…perhaps something more can be done to reduce them being killed on the roads crossing through or near their protected territory???

  97. What at treat to see these beautiful animals, especially the babies. thank you

  98. I love seeing these photographs, makes me ever so hopeful, but can I ask a question, should they be posted ? Do you ever worry that showing them could put them in danger.

  99. How wonderful this is! Thanks for sharing this great news. More and more, in today’s world, it is so difficult for wildlife to survive and eke out a living. Thankfully there are still a few places in the world designated as preserved land for animals to live and visit in their migratory paths.

    God, don’t let the Trump boys come here, they’ll become an endangered specie.

  100. Amazing!! So grateful to all who work hard to protect these beautiful creatures. Please continue to update us on these Ocelot Cats.

  101. So glad to see these animals and new kittens. Hope their numbers continue to increase as long as the area can support them so they remain in Texas. Of course a wall would have a negative impact on these animals and others in Texas that cross territories in both countries.

  102. Thank you for doing this important work. Every small success counts! It’s why I love to support TNC.

  103. It warms my heart that there are people that care who can do something for the ocelots are out there really doing good work. Thank you.

  104. Joyful news at this wonderful, needed effort to offer a chance to strengthen the survival of this species!!!

  105. Fences and wildlife tunnels would help.
    So glad to see the pics. Thanks for spreading this good news, now protect them from the hunters, please.

  106. Great story. W must do all we can to preserve all wildlife in it’s habitat.

  107. I first learned about Ocelots while at a summer camp at SUNY Farmingdale, Long Island, NY (then called the Aggie Tech School) when I was in 3rd grade! Now in my 60’s, I am proud to support the collaborative cooperation of The Nature Conservancy and its partners. Please thank the owners of Yturria ranch.

  108. This is such a beautiful report. So exciting about the number of kittens. And the photos are awesome! Thank you for your continued work to preserve such exquisite creatures and the lands that they need to survive. So very sad about the many cats killed on roadways. Are these major highways through the conservation lands?