Late Summer Intern Julie Steinke spotted an ocelot while out doing fieldwork recently!
Her account of the sighting:
“September 19, 2013, 3:30 pm: I was walking as silently as possible one afternoon through one of my transects that runs through a creek in a pasture near the reserve, looking for reptiles and amphibians, when I rounded a corner and stumbled across an ocelot. He was standing in the creek slowly poking around and moving in my general direction. I tried to be as silent as possible, while slowly moving forward to get a better look. The ocelot then stopped and sat down to scratch his ear, completely oblivious to the fact that I was only between 5 and 7 meters away by that point. I then tried to get a picture, but he heard the noise from the camera, and went bounding gracefully and silently across the creek, and into the trees and up the hill on the other side of the creek. It was an amazing experience, and incredible to see such a beautiful and majestic animal, especially from so close and in his natural habitat, and while he was so unaware that I was there!”
It’s moments like these that remind us why we’re working so hard to protect this last bastion of Pacific Equatorial Forest.