June 2021
Special Feature: Brown Pelicans
The seventh feature in our series celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Laguna Atascosa introduces us to David Blankenship (formerly with Audubon and USFWS) who was instrumental in the recovery of Brown Pelicans.

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Video credit: Richard Moore, Valley Nature Films, LLC. Photo credit: USFWS files
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Ocelots are...Everywhere?
Of course not! But fans of ocelots can be found all over the world. This popular cat CAN be found at Laguna Atascosa in the wild and, if you are really lucky, you might see one. Otherwise, the best chance to see one is at a zoo or wildlife center.

This month, our road trip to find ocelots takes us east to the North Carolina Zoo. Thank you to Ms. Hannah for sharing these great photos and providing the information about their gorgeous ocelots.
North Carolina Zoo Ocelots
Our ocelot pair, Diego and Inka have been at the North Carolina Zoo since their arrival from the San Francisco Zoo in 2010, where they were already an established breeding pair. They had two litters of kittens while at the San Francisco Zoo and four litters at the North Carolina Zoo. The pair even has grand kittens at various zoos throughout the country.

Diego is 17 years old, and Inka is 16 years old, both exceeding the average life span for ocelots in the wild. Diego is described as shy and eccentric. He is very friendly but prefers to stay indoors. Inka, on the other hand, is very high-energy. She is also described as an excellent mother. Keepers have watched her first-hand, teach her kittens the basics in climbing and hunting, while also being a very protective mother. Diego and Inka’s genes are well-represented in the genetic pool of ocelots under human care and are no longer a breeding pair. 
GOSH! This looks like fun!
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine has released the 2021 GOSH. There are activities for every region of Texas and 3 different ways to participate. So if you are traveling anywhere in Texas, be sure to check it out. Grab your phone, get outside and upload those selfies! Click on the image or go here for more info.
Bonus Download:
Felinos de la Frontera

Our friends over at Defenders of Wildlife have developed this awesome activity book about the cats along the southern border of Texas.

Download your free copy today! Just click on the button or the book.
Help Friends Support Laguna Atascosa!
Save Texas Ocelots License Plate
The last remaining ocelots in the United States are found only in Texas. You can help save these beautiful endangered cats and help spread the word about protecting Texas Ocelots by buying this specialty license plate for your vehicle for only $30.00 additional. Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge receives $22.00 from the sale of every Save Texas Ocelots license plate, 100% of which goes to Ocelot Conservation. Buy now.
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Adopt an Ocelot

Ocelots need your help. You can Adopt an Ocelot to help our population of endangered cats survive and thrive in South Texas. Adopt Now.
Become an Advocate Member

Advocate Membership is one way to support the Refuge. Joining gives you a voice in helping Friends raise awareness and funds for restoration, conservation, education, outreach and research. Click here for more information and to join.
Shop Online @ The Nature Store at Laguna Atascosa
The Nature Store @ Laguna Atascosa is one source of funds for projects the Friends support at the Refuge. Shopping here keeps your dollars local and you can rest assured that funds are put to good use supporting many projects on this wonderful Refuge.

The online store includes a selection of LANWR items, such as t-shirts, caps, pins, including our newly designed Ocelot, Aplomado Falcon and Green Jay Pins and more. Other items, not listed in the online store, such as field guides and books, are also available, just send an email.
Order yours now! $30 plus tax/shipping.

Add the DVD, Laguna Atascosa: A South Texas Treasure for $5 more.
The Friends of Laguna Atascosa are proud to announce the publication of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: A Place Like No Other.
Send us a picture of you wearing Laguna swag! We just might feature you in our newsletter or on the store website! All photos become property of FLANWR.
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National Wildlife Refuge
22688 Buena Vista Rd.
Los Fresnos, TX 78566

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Agents of Discovery

Explore the refuge with Agents of Discovery. Click on the image to learn about Agents and the missions. Fun for the whole family!