(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The Buffalo Zoo has welcomed a number a new animals in recent months.
Most recently, a baby ocelot named Nico was born Nov. 17, to parents Ayla and Pedro, and made his debut to the public at the end of January.
Christian Dobosiewicz, communication specialist for the Buffalo Zoo, appeared on the Buffalo Review Feb. 9 and said Nico is doing well.
Ocelots are cats native to Brazil and according to Dobosiewicz, the birth of baby Nico was particularly special because there are only about 100 ocelots in the U.S.
Nico’s name was chosen by an online vote by the zoo’s social media followers.
“We like to engage with the community and make them interested in our animals. Thousands of people cast their vote. It was really exciting,” said Dobosiewicz.
In December, the zoo welcomed a 1-year-old red panda named Scout, which came from the Memphis Zoo. Dobosiewicz said red pandas are an endangered species, as there are fewer than 2,500 of them left in the wild.
In the past year, a lion cub, two otter pups, a snow monkey and a gorilla have all been born at the zoo.
The zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan, which is a division of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This program helps to promote the survival of endangered species.