Born on 2nd April 2017, as we celebrated the launch of our new charity, the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire, this is the first Jaguar cub born at Paradise Wildlife Park. And it’s currently the only Jaguar cub in the UK.
The cub’s parents, Kumal and Kedera were first introduced 18 months ago and hit it off from the start. We are delighted to say that currently both Kedera and her cub are doing well.
Kedera and her cub will be out of view from the public for the next few months, allowing them to bond and to make sure both mother and cub are happy and healthy.
Jaguars are classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so this is a real cause for celebration.
However, our keepers are keeping a close eye on mother and cub, as with most baby wild animals it is a vulnerable time! So far, our keepers are very happy with the cub’s progress.
We are only one of only two zoos in the UK, and one of six in Europe, recommended to breed Jaguars, as part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme).
ZSH Director, Lynn Whitnall, said;
“We’re obviously all delighted at the news of the birth of our Jaguar cub. The breeding programmes at Paradise Wildlife Park have achieved some fantastic results over the years, especially amongst our Big Cats.
“I’m incredibly proud for all the staff and keepers at Paradise whose hard work and dedication have led to this – not to mention Kumal and Kedera
(the cub’s parents) of course! It’s a wonderful way to welcome the launch of our new charity Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZHS).”
Paradise Wildlife Park is now working on extending the size of its Jaguar exhibit, creating more space for the mother and cub.