Schedule & Speakers
Ocelot Festival 2021
Nicole Ekstrom and Hilary Swarts
Alicia Sampson and Colleen Nissen
Yvette Truitt-Ortiz & Chris Quezada
Historian, Educator and Laguna Atascosa Volunteer
David Book is the author of "Lancelot the Ocelot" and the newly released "Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: A Place Like No Other." He and his partner in crime, Marianne, have been tour leaders and education volunteers at Laguna Atascosa since 2015.
Senior Cat Ambassador Trainer, Cincinnati Zoo
Coleen has spent the past 8 years at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program as an Animal Trainer. She has spent her career cultivating experience with ambassador animals of all taxa, but fell in love with ocelots when she was the primary trainer for Jade at the Palm Beach Zoo, starting in 2010. She has had the privilege of working with 3 ambassador ocelots, traveling to the Texas Ocelot Festival for outreach a total of 4 years, and has cemented her love for the species with three different ocelot tattoos.
Cat Ambassador Lead Keeper, Cincinnati Zoo
Alicia has worked at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden for 17 years in the Cat Ambassador Program. Through her time in the cat show, she has gained experience working with multiple different species of animals. Cheetahs are the main focus animal, however they have ocelots, fishing cats, red river hog, cape porcupine, warthog, etc. Her job involves sharing the animals she works with with the world and she couldn’t think of a better job to be able to share her knowledge and love for the animals.