The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida welcomed a baby jaguar on January 26. The cub, whose gender is still unknown, is bonding well with mother Masaya. Zoo visitors will be able to see the cub in a few months.
In the wild, jaguars inhabit the dense forests and swampy grasslands of Central and South America. They hunt deer, monkeys, tapirs, capybara, turtles and fish. Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, jaguars are considered near threatened by the IUCN Red List.
The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida is host to a slew of new baby animals. Pictured above is a five-week-old black and white ruffed lemur baby. The zoo also welcomed a baby spider monkey and a Florida sandhill crane. The baby crane’s father is actually a wild crane who flew into the zoo.
On September 17, Melbourne, Florida’s Brevard Zoo welcomed a new arrival: a female Visayan warty piglet. In the wild, Visayan warty pigs are critically endangered forest dwellers living in the Philippines. While they once roamed all six islands, Visayan warty pigs have become extinct on four of them. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) had appealed to zoos to participate in an emergency breeding program to help stabilize the Visayan warty pig population.