The Tulsa Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a jaguar cub, marking the third successful reproduction of this species for our zoo. This new addition was born on June 29, making another important contribution to jaguar populations.
Staff continues to closely monitor mom Ixchel and her cub from remote cameras to ensure proper development and nursing. Ixchel is an attentive and protective mother. The cub’s first 30 days are crucial, so both mom and cub will remain in their private, off-exhibit den in the Rainforest.
This birth was in conjunction with the Jaguar SSP, or the Species Survival Plan ®, which manages species in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos across the nation. The cub’s father, Bebeto, was humanely euthanized in April due to age-related complications. Ixchel had two male cubs in 2012 and one male cub in 2014, all of which have moved to other AZA institutions as part of the Jaguar SSP.
Native to the tropical rainforests of Mexico, Central and South America, jaguars are considered near threatened due to habitat loss. There are currently more than 100 jaguars in North American-accredited AZA zoos, while it is estimated that 10,000 jaguars currently exist in the wild.