Sacramento Zoo to Welcome New Jaguar
Mulac says “goodbye”...
...Tikal says “hello!”
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Zoo invites the public to wish an old friend farewell and to meet a new Sacramento resident. Mulac, the Zoo’s male Jaguar, will be moving to the Brevard Zoo in Florida. Mulac moved to the Sacramento Zoo from the Audubon Zoo in 2002. His last day on exhibit will be September 21st. After Mulac’s departure, zookeepers will introduce Tikal, a young male Jaguar from the San Diego Zoo to his new companion, Tina, the Zoo’s resident female.
Guests may begin seeing Tikal on exhibit as early as September 22nd but will not see Tina and Tikal on exhibit together until the two have undergone an extensive “meet and greet” process. Before the two Jaguars can begin to live comfortably together, zookeepers will acclimate them first to the smell of each other, then they will be allowed visuals of one other. After Tina and Tikal are comfortable with the sight and smell of each other they will begin sharing the same space under the watchful eyes of zookeepers.
Sacramento Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Jaguar Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Tikal’s arrival was recommended by the SSP, and while Tikal may someday be a father, his role here for now will be a companion for Tina, an older Jaguar. Social interactions will be important for Tikal as he continues to grow into adulthood; at 16 years of age, Tina (who is considered post-reproductive) will act as a mentor to Tikal, rather than a mate.
Jaguars are an endangered species with estimates indicating that more than 10,000 still exist in the wild; however their numbers are rapidly decreasing as a result of habitat destruction and illegal fur trade. In appearance Jaguars are often confused with leopards – both cats have a similar brownish/yellow base fur coloring that is marked distinctively with spots – the jaguar’s spots are rosettes, which are spots within spots. Jaguars are stockier, have larger heads and shorter tails. They weigh 80-130 pounds and can live about 11 years in the wild and up to 22 years in captivity.
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. ThisSacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call (916) 808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.
Source: Sacramento Zoo