Brevard Zoo Welcomes Pair of Healthy Jaguar Cubs

By  //  February 4, 2015

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the fourth litter of cubs for Masaya

Brevard Zoo welcomed a pair of healthy jaguar cubs on Tuesday, January 27. Brevard ZooThe cubs were born to 11-year-old mom, Masaya, and 13-year-old dad, Mulac. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Brevard Zoo welcomed a pair of healthy jaguar cubs on Tuesday, January 27. Brevard ZooThe cubs were born to 11-year-old mom, Masaya, and 13-year-old dad, Mulac. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOUNRE, FLORIDA – Brevard Zoo welcomed a pair of healthy jaguar cubs on Tuesday, January 27.

Brevard ZooThe cubs were born to 11-year-old mom, Masaya, and 13-year-old dad, Mulac.

The sex of both cubs is not known at this time.

The Zoo’s new additions come with a few firsts for the Zoo and the species. Mulac has never sired any cubs before which means his genes were not represented in the jaguar population.

These cubs are very valuable, genetically, to jaguars in captivity.

Also, the Zoo was able to install a camera in the den box. This enabled keepers to monitor Masaya as she gave birth and were able to see that the cubs were nursing.

ABOVE VIDEO: With hammer and nails at the ready, the local community began construction of Brevard Zoo, making their dream a reality. In March of 1994, the zoo opened their gates to the public and is celebrating their 20th anniversary this spring.

LeBron came to the Zoo from the Akron Zoo in Ohio three years ago. Earlier this year, he fathered his first offspring with the Zoo’s female jaguar, Masaya. (Brevard Zoo image)

LeBron, above, came to the Zoo from the Akron Zoo. Earlier this year, he fathered his first offspring with Masaya. (Brevard Zoo image)

Masaya is an excellent mother and seeing her care so well for her cubs has confirmed those beliefs.

It will still be approximately 3 weeks before the cubs venture out of the den on their own and two to three months before the pair will be out on exhibit.

Keepers will continue to monitor the cubs’ growth by weighing them and using photo documentation.

“We are very excited with Masaya and Mulac’s new additions and look forward to them being out for guests to see,” said Kerry Sweeney, Curator of Animals.

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This is the fourth litter of cubs for Masaya. Her first cub, Nindiri, resides at the San Diego Zoo.

Phil and Jean followed and now reside at the Chattanooga Zoo, and Saban, who just turned 2, lives at the Jacksonville Zoo.

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