There is a new face to see at the Brevard Zoo.
A baby jaguar cub was born on January 26, now weighing 1.35 kg. At this time the sex of the cub is unknown. The baby jaguar is doing well and bonding with its mother, Masaya. It will be a couple of months before the cub ventures out on exhibit.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to work with Masaya and LeBron, the breeding pair. It isn’t easy to introduce a male and female jaguar,” said Kerry Sweeney, a curator at Brevard Zoo.
Masaya, gave birth to her first cub, Nindiri, in June 2007. She later had two male cubs, Jean and Phil, in September 2008. Nindiri was sent to the San Diego Zoo in June 2008 to be paired with a male jaguar as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (AZA SSP). Nindiri gave birth to two cubs at the San Diego Zoo in April 2012. The two male cubs, Jean and Phil, were sent to the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park in January 2010.
The 2010 published captive management plan noted there were 55 jaguars (23 males; 32 females) at 26 institutions. The target population size designated by the Felid Taxon Advisory Group, the group designated with overseeing captive felines in AZA facilities, is 120.