The Buffalo Zoo's latest addition, an ocelot kitten, is now on exhibit in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls. The kitten was born to first-time parents Pedro and Ayla on Dec. 10. Keepers in the exhibit named the spunky little girl "Arieta." They report she is a fast learner and very active in the exhibit.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates there are a total of 1 million ocelots living in the wild, but births in captivity are very rare. Zoo officials are happy about the successful birth and the opportunity to share the kitten with the community.
Arieta and her mother Ayla are on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. until noon in M&T Bank Rainforest Falls. The Buffalo Zoo will also share photos and videos of the kitten on its Facebook page.