HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut today, Nov. 9, 2017. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in twelve years.
Jaguar’s range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and southwestern US. They are listed as near threatened by International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and their numbers continue to decline mostly due to habitat loss.
The Houston Zoo is protecting jaguars in the wild by providing support to conservation partners in Brazil who work with the Brazilian government on saving the forested homes of these beautiful cats.