SAN ANTONIO – The veterinary team at the San Antonio Zoo have determined the genders of two cubs born in September. They've got one boy and one girl.
The little cubs were born to mom Arizona and had their debut on Sept. 6. They're both 8 - 10 pounds each, and love to play, eat and sleep.
"Since their initial introduction just over one month ago, the cubs have been spending most of their time with mom in their behind-the-scenes maternity den continuing to bond and grow. We are looking forward to introducing them to our zoo guests in a couple of months," said Tim Morrow, the zoo’s executive director and CEO. "The cubs have not yet been named."
According to the news release from the zoo, their successful birth was in conjunction with the Jaguar Species Survival Plan® (SSP), which manages species in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). These jaguar cubs will add genetic diversity to the overall Jaguar SSP in AZA zoos. Native to the tropical forests 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.
The release explained that the news comes just as the zoo is gearing up to celebrate Wild Cat Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about all of the wild cats at the zoo, including lions, tigers, jaguars and much more. An animal care specialist will be at each exhibit throughout the day to share fun facts and engage in educational activities with guests.