MEMPHIS, TN – Oct. 15, 2019 – Memphis Zoo has announced the birth of two female jaguar cubs born Sept. 4 at Memphis Zoo.
Dad Diego and mom Philomena were both brought to Memphis Zoo with the hopes of breeding. Both are first-time parents and Philomena is doing an exceptional job fulfilling her role as a first-time mother.
The public will have the opportunity to participate in a naming contest for the cubs. Details about the contest will be released in the coming weeks. Currently, the cubs are not on exhibit but are behind the scenes nursing from mom and getting stronger each day. Memphis Zoo will provide regular updates on the cubs and will inform the public on when they will be on exhibit.
These are the first jaguar cubs at Memphis Zoo since Cat Country was built in 1993, more than 25 years ago. The births of these cubs were under the direction of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan for jaguars. The mission of Species Survival Plan Programs is to oversee the population management of select species within AZA member institutions and to enhance conservation of this species in the wild.
The jaguar is considered a Near Threatened species with a decreasing population in the wild due to habitat loss. Jaguars are native to South America and Central America.
About Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is home to more than 4,500 animals representing more than 500 different species. Recently named as one of the top zoos in the country by TripAdvisor® and by USA Today, Memphis Zoo has completed over $118 million in renovations and expansion since the early 1990s. The Zoo’s animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, The Commercial Appeal Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le, and the all-new Zambezi River Hippo Camp. Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of Memphis Zoo.
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