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Joyous Jaguar Updates At The Zoo


Everyone loves to visit and see the beautifully rejuvenated black jaguar Lucky Boy.  It has been nearly two years since he was rescued and brought to join the zoo crew.  Today, although he still needs to put on more weight, Lucky Boy is a big, beautiful and HAPPY jaguar.  Once shy and reserved around people, Lucky Boy has tossed aside his bashful demeanor, and appears to enjoy his visitors.   Hot day at the zoo?  Lucky Boy thinks that sunny, hot days are fun days.   Why, he just takes a plunge into his swimming pool, and cools off.

Although jaguars live as solitary animals in the wild, in captivity, they will happily co-habit with other jaguars.  Springfield the jaguar (mother of the world famous Junior Buddy) is used to having a “roommate” sharing her space. At this time, we are working on introducing her to a handsome fellow appropriately named “Lindo.”  Lindo was brought into the zoo as a problem jaguar approximately four years ago. The introduction process is going well.  Lindo and Springfield are beginning to know one another.  Within a short amount of time, these spotted beauties will be playing and romping together.  Fun jaguar times!

Back in November 2013, the fate of a young male jaguar named “Edgar Hill” was uncertain.  He was seen repeatedly in the village of Pine Hill.  The fellow was a source of village fright.  Not only was the cat coming into villager’s territory, but one day, he decided to “stalk” a Mennonite horse and buggy! To the credit of the frightened Mennonites, they did not kill the misbehaving jaguar.    Instead, the Forest Department and The Belize Zoo were notified.
We happily adopted “Edgar Hill”.   Wary of all people, it was a big task to get the fellow used to his new life.  However, after about two weeks of consistent tender-loving-care (including quite a few sessions being serenaded by guitar), “Edgar Hill” eased into his new life. He quickly learned to give a “high five” for a chicken treat.  And “Edgar Hill” really seemed to enjoy being hand fed.

It has been repeatedly noted that once the Problem Jaguars do venture into their larger areas, they begin to show displays of “jaguar in the wild” behavior.  They will enthusiastically scratch trees, climb and if a pool is available, many of the cats like to spend time in the water. It took a bit of coaxing.   But once “Edgar Hill” began to explore and spend time in his roomy run, he developed a likeness for being “back to nature”.
A visit to see the jaguars at the zoo always guarantees that our visitors leave feeling proud that these magnificent big cats are roaming the forests of our nation.  VERY paws up!!

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