Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Project Animal(s) : Ocelot
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : North America
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : https://www.conservationfund.org/projects/laguna-atascosa-national-wildlife-refuge
Project is timebound? : No

The elusive and solitary ocelot, a small wild cat with markings similar to a leopard or jaguar, once ranged from south Texas to Arkansas and Louisiana. But today, due to widespread habitat loss, only 50 ocelots exist in the entire United States, and the largest population lives in the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, near Brownsville, Texas, and the Mexico border. The aplomado falcon has had a similar plight. Slightly smaller than a peregrine falcon, the aplomado falcon once thrived throughout the southwestern U.S. but began disappearing in the 1940s and 1950s. Currently, both the ocelot and the aplomado falcon are listed as federally-endangered species.

Project Agency : The Conservation Fund

Project Agency Contact : https://www.conservationfund.org/

Project Researcher : Julie Shackelford

Project Researcher Contact : [email protected]