A three-week-old Jaguar cub made his first public appearance this weekend at the San Diego Zoo.
Born on March 12 to Nindiri, the male cub has just begun to explore the world outside his den. The cub, who has not yet been named, is Nindiri’s third cub and weighs just under five pounds.
Photo Credit: Ken Bohn
The cub’s eyes are now open and he’s becoming steadier on his paws, so the zoo staff feels he is ready to safely explore the different terrain outside his den. So far, he has navigated through piles of hay and investigated a rock – both important steps in his development.
Jaguars are the largest cats in all the Americas and are powerful predators, able to kill prey in a single strike. Their jaws are extremely powerful, enabling them to pierce the skulls of their prey with just one bite.
Though they are widely distributed from Mexico to Argentina (plus a very small population in southern Arizona in the United States), Jaguars are listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Primary threats include loss of habitat, illegal hunting, and persecution by farmers and ranchers.