Meet Milla and Leelo: The ocelots have made the Texas State Aquarium their new home

Mykel Montana Hilliard
Corpus Christi Caller Times

The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi recently announced the arrival of two new furry friends, Milla and Leelo. 

The young ocelots are set to make their public debut in an exhibit planned to launch this Summer. Before arriving in Texas, the sisters inhabited a space at the ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The ocelots are listed as an endangered species by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and will participate in the Texas Ocelots Species Survival Plan, which is managed by accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Ocelot  duo join Texas State Aquarium family.
Ocelot duo join Texas State Aquarium family.

Jesse Gilbert, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Texas State Aquarium, said the upcoming exhibit will aim to educate aquarium goers on the Texas brush ecosystem and efforts to support the preservation of ocelots and their habitat.

 “The main threat to ocelots is habitat destruction and fragmentation. Ocelots need large areas of dense brush to survive. As rural lands are developed, ocelot habitat disappears,” Gilbert said.

Work is currently underway by the Aquarium’s Exhibits Department and Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Range Management Team to design and equip the ocelots’ new home. 

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Ocelot duo join Texas State Aquarium family.

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