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      The Nature Report: Ocelots in the Spotlight

      The Rio Grande Valley is home to one of the rarest wild cats in the United States, and less than 50 elusive ocelots remain in the thick brush of deep South Texas.

      As the Valley continues to become more developed less natural habitat is available for the endangered ocelot.

      However, efforts are underway by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others to save critical habitat and rescue the vanishing spotted cats.

      The 11th Annual Ocelot Festival is set for Saturday, February 13th at the Marine Military Academy. The popular festival starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

      A live ocelot show featuring a cat from the Cincinnati Zoo will be the highlight of the festival.

      In addition, a new non "profit organization, The Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute, has recently been established in the Valley to help save the ocelot, and they will host an Ocelot Gala Friday night at the Inn at Chachalaca Bend near Los Fresnos.

      Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute Executive Carol Sebastian spoke with The Nature Report about the festival.

      It is the opening night of the ocelot weekend, so the gala is to bring community members together with people interested in the ocelot that are coming form outside the area, Sebastian said.

      Grupo Fantasma will perform and there will be a variety of live auction items.

      Reservations are available by calling 956-504-9563, or at