CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) is excited to announce the Zoo's last birth of 2012 - an endangered Brazilian ocelot kitten.
The kitten was born on Dec. 31, 2012 following an artificial insemination (AI) with freshly-collected semen from the Zoo's resident male ocelot, "Monsieur."
The mother, "Sala" was inseminated in both oviducts using a new laparoscopic approach developed by scientists from CREW. Pregnancy was diagnosed at 60 days post-AI and the female gave birth naturally to a single kitten 23 days later.
This birth represents the fifth pregnancy worldwide in ocelots resulting from AI and only the second produced by CREW scientists using this new laparoscopic oviductal AI method.
Both Sala and the kitten are currently being housed in a quiet off-exhibit location but likely will be transferred to the ocelot exhibit in the Zoo's Night Hunters building later this spring for public viewing.
Brazilian ocelots have been on the endangered species list for more than 25 years.