Jaguar skywalk to open Friday as part of new Neotropical exhibit at San Antonio Zoo

Pantera Walk is first of its kind in US

The addition of the Pantera Walk to NEOTROPICA is made possible in large part with a donation from Texas A&M San Antonio, whose mascot is the jaguar. (San Antonio Zoo)

SAN ANTONIO – A new jaguar catwalk at the San Antonio opens to the public on Friday.

San Antonio Zoo officials said the skywalk, named the Pantera Walk, will allow the zoo’s jaguars to roam above the exhibit and visitors below.

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The skywalk is part of the zoo’s new realm called Neotropica which includes enhancements that stretch from the current Outpost Amazonia through the new jaguar habitat, zoo officials said.

Neotropical areas include South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the southern region of Florida and a small portion of South Texas. The exhibit has been designed to feel like a “remote fishing village” that encompasses features of the Americas and pre-Hispanic cultures.

The zoo broke ground on the skywalk in April which zoo officials said is the first of its kind in the U.S.

The San Antonio Zoo announces "Neotropica" (San Antonio Zoo)

Arizona and B’alam are the zoo’s two jaguars and the zoo welcomed a pair of cubs in Sept. 2016, marking the first significant birth for the species at the zoo since 1974, officials said.

Since jaguars are typically solitary animals, the skywalk will allow both animals to be out and about in the habitat at once, zoo officials previously told KSAT.

If you’re planning a trip to the San Antonio Zoo the weather this weekend is perfect for an outing.