In a region of Texas some call the last great habitat, thorn forest intermingles with wetlands, coastal prairies, mudflats & beaches.
Wildlife & Habitat
Enjoy many fun adventures, including nature hikes, kayaking, hunting, fishing and much more!
Fun things to do
Trip cameras set up a various locations within the refuge help biologists learn more about the needs of wildlife, including ocelots.
Photogenic wild cats!
Birds, Birds, Birds!
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge has more documented species of birds than any other national wildlife refuge in the United States.
Effective Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) will close the 15-mile Bayside Wildlife Drive (Drive) to private vehicles to protect one of two known breeding populations of ocelot in the United States. On this same date, the refuge will begin closing the Visitor Center two days a week due to reductions in staffing. News Release
We need your help! If you see an ocelot, please be sure to immediately report it. Information gathered on these wild cats is extremely important and helps biologists learn more about where they live, the habitat they are using, their genetic makeup and much more. All of this information is used to make sure ocelots will always be part of the American landscape. If you see an ocelot, dead or alive, please report it. What To Do
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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After discovering a female ocelot kitten in March, refuge biologists report the discovery of another new young ocelot -- a male. He was recently trapped on the refuge and his coat pattern did not match that of any previously known ocelots from the refuge’s collection of trip camera photos. He is estimated to be 12-14 months old and appears healthy. The current number of known ocelots on the refuge is now 12, including 5 females and 7 males. The current estimated number of ocelots in Texas remains less than 50. Watch the video
Images of an ocelot kitten were recently captured by wildlife cameras situated on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. The kitten is thought to be a female between three and five months old and appears to be in good condition. Ocelot Kitten Gives Hope
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a designated Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site, along with Rancho Rincón de Anacahuitas in Mexico. The two sites make up the first bi-national sites within the WHSRN that, together, host at least 100,000 shorebirds annually. WHSRN’s mission is to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas. Protecting birds as they migrate across international borders is a conservation priority that requires coordinated efforts among countries.Wildlife and Habitat
The refuge’s location and habitat make it a haven for butterflies and moths -- and those who enjoy seeing them! October and November offer the best times to enjoy the refuge’s butterflies, a documented 130 species.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2015