Ocelot to be featured as star attraction

HARLINGEN — The cat is out of the bag. Look for her at the zoo.

Saturday is “Ocelot Conservation Day” at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, and a Cincinnati Zoo ocelot named Sihil (pronounced “C-L”) is going to be the star attraction.

Sihil is an ocelot ambassador to the human world, her handlers say, and zoo-goers will have an opportunity to see one of the cats the early Texans called “little leopards.”

Ocelot Day will be held at the zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SouthTexasDiscoveryCenter. Sihil will be putting on her “shows” at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

While the event is free, zoo admission charges still apply. Admission for adults 14 to 64 is $11, while kids 2 to 13 pay $8. Here’s a tip, though: The zoo’s website says if you say the word “ocelot” when you’re buying a ticket Saturday, you “get a 20 percent discount off an adult or child admission.”

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