Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Ocelot, Jaguar Detectives to Speak

KINGSVILLE - April 29, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Two renowned scientists who have spent many years in Brazil studying ocelots and jaguar will be at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for two presentations at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center at the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Park adjacent to campus.

Dr. Laury Cullen and Fernando Lima, M.S. will present “Ocelot and Jaguar Detectives in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.” Admission is free. Cullen is scientific coordinator and Lima is a researcher for Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil.

Cullen received the Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award for his work with jaguars. He received his master’s degree in conservation biology at the University of Florida and his doctorate at the University of Kent, UK. His research focuses on the ecology of large mammals, applying conservation biology principles to the restoration of fragmented landscapes and community work. He has worked in South America for over a decade and has developed a positive relationship with local people and landowners as well as with the local government.

Lima has specialized in endangered species management at the University of Kent and just completed his master’s degree studying ocelots in Brazil. He worked with wildlife over the past eight years and has been part of the Landscape Detectives Team since 2003.

The Ecological Detectives project aims to gather information on population size, genetic status and patterns of dispersal for four large mammal species remaining in the Pontal do Paranapanema. Individual animals have been captured and fitted with radio collars that allow researchers to track their movements between forests.

For more information, call 361-593-3922.

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