With mother Kedera at her side, she quickly adapted to her new surroundings, playing amongst the bamboos and climbing in her enclosure at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire.
Keira was born on 2nd April 2017, as Paradise Wildlife Park celebrated the launch of its new charity, the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire. She is the first Jaguar cub to be born at Paradise and currently the only Jaguar cub in the UK.
Keira’s parents, Kumal and Kedera, were first introduced 18 months ago and hit it off from the start. However, Keira is on view to the public in a separate part of the enclosure to her father, Kumal, allowing her and her mother to bond safely as she grows and develops confidence. In this space she’ll also enjoy smaller, cub sized, climbing enrichment before an extension is built to her home.
Jaguars are classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so Keira’s birth is a real cause for celebration.
Paradise is 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 are all delighted that Keira has now had her final inoculations from the vet and is now outside playing and having fun in the sun. 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 (ZSH).”
Paradise Wildlife Park is now working on extending the size of its Jaguar exhibit, creating more space for both mother, father and cub!