Special to the PRESS
This year’s Ocelot Conservation Festival will travel across the Valley offering a variety of educational programs and fun events for everyone starting on Thursday, April 19.
“We organized the festival so that anyone in the Valley who wants to come out and see this beautiful cat can,” said Jennifer Owen-White, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Manager and festival coordinator. “It’s so important that the next generation learn about ocelots that we also came up with some great educational programs and opportunities just for schools.” For the 13th year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Laguna Atascosa (Friends) National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are hosting the unique festival that highlights ocelots, the small, wild cat native to South Texas.
On Thursday, April 19, the festival will kick off with an Ocelot School Day. Two Valley schools will have a live ocelot visit and learn about these endangered cats through a variety of educational programs that are designed for students. On Friday evening, April 20, the general public is invited to attend a Family Fiesta held at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen from 5-9 p.m. The fiesta will include live ocelot shows, mariachi music, games, booths and much more. On Saturday, April 21, the Ocelot Conservation Festival is joining the Vida Verde Festival in McAllen and will be offering four shows for the general public. These are some of the many fun and exciting programs being coordinated this year to highlight the ocelot.
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