TULSA, Okla., August 1, 2012 – Tulsa Zoo is pleased to welcome new additions to its wild family with the birth of two jaguar cubs. The two male cubs were born on April 22, 2012 to the Zoo’s 8-year-old female jaguar, “Ixchel.” Jaguar cubs have never been born at Tulsa Zoo, making this a truly momentous occasion.
Not only is this an exciting birth for the Tulsa Zoo, but also for jaguar populations. The birth is the result of a recommended breeding by the SSP, or the Species Survival Plan, which monitors and recommends breeding among threatened and endangered species in accredited zoos across the nation. Currently, jaguars are classified as “near threatened” due to their declining numbers, which continue to be affected by human-induced habitat destruction.
Tulsa Zoo expects to keep the jaguar cubs until they become young adults, approximately two years old. The Species Survival Plan will then recommend future transfers for the cubs so that they can help maintain healthy jaguar populations in zoos.