Photo of the Week: Celebrate Biodiversity!

05-12-2014 // NWF Staff

Ocelot

May 16th is Endangered Species Day! Launched in 2006, the day celebrates the nation’s wildlife and wild places—and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species as well as everyday actions they can take to help. The ocelot was classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species from 1972 until 1996, ultimately rebounding thanks to protection and earning reclassification as a species of least concern. Today, there is a large robust population of ocelots widely distributed throughout South and Central America. While the species thrives in the south, a subspecies that inhabits Texas and northeastern Mexico is classified as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, with a population of fewer than 1,000 individuals. Leanne Sullivan, of Florida, photographed this ocelot at the Panther Ridge Conservation Center using a Nikon D5000.

See last week's photo:  Least Tern Mother and Chick

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