Learn About Local Wild Cats at Lunchtime Talk at Zoo
Researchers Discuss Ocelot Conservation Efforts
ALBUQUERQUE, NM--Bring your lunch and visit the Zoo Education Building on Thursday, May 3 or Saturday, May 5 at 12:45 p.m. for a brown bag seminar focusing on ocelot life history, habitat and why this medium-sized New World wild cat is currently listed as endangered.
Known for its resemblance to domestic cats and intricate fur patterns, the ocelot is threatened by hunting and habitat loss. Populations, ranging from southern Texas and Arizona through Central and South America, are disappearing. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Recovery Biologist Jennifer Smith-Castro leads this discussion highlighting ocelot natural history and conservation efforts in place to protect this amazing feline.
"Wild cats of all sizes are wonderful representatives for environmental studies," said Kathryn Venzor, BioPark Education Curator. "We hope by learning more about the animals that inhabit these areas, people will gain an awareness for the importance of the efforts required to protect these habitats."
The ABQ BioPark hosts brown bag seminars the first Thursday and Saturday of every month. Brown bag events at the Zoo are included with regular Zoo admission. To learn more about future topics, visit www.abqbiopark.com.
The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information, visit www.abqbiopark.com or call 311 locally or 505-768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).