Brevard Zoo’s Newest Male Jaguar Now on Exhibit
By Space Coast Daily // April 7, 2014
Mulac IS AN OVERALL 'RELAXED CAT'
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Mulac, a male Jaguar from Sacramento Zoo, is now exhibit in the La Selva area of Brevard Zoo.
He was born at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Feb. 15, 2001 and came from a litter of three cubs. After residing at Audubon Zoo for a little more than a year, Mulac was moved to Sacramento Zoo on May 16, 2002.
On Sept. 22, 2013, Mulac relocated from the west coast to the east coast by flying with Curator of Animals Kerry Sweeney and La Selva Area Manager Kathleen Milk to Brevard County. He has been behind the scenes in an alternative living area for big cats as he awaited the departure of Saban, who was born at Brevard Zoo on Jan. 26, 2013 to mom, Masaya. Saban was transferred to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on April 2.
MULAC WEIGHES IN AT 133 POUNDS
Mulac’s reaction when going into his new exhibit for the first time was that of enjoyment, exploring his new home, getting a lay of the land, looking around and climbing all over everything. According to Sacramento Zoo keeper staff, he loves horizontal limbs where he can stretch out with his legs dangling from either side. Jaguars range in weight anywhere from 79 to 350 pounds. Mulac weighs 133 pounds and is average in size.
“Mulac has a very expressive face and a really stout body which is classic for a Jaguar,” said Milk.
Mulac will soon be introduced to Masaya, Brevard Zoo’s female Jaguar. Keeper staff hopes that introductions between the pair will go well and that Mulac will become a first time father. The last time Masaya was with an adult male was with LeBron at the end of January 2013. Jaguars are solitary except for breeding and when a female raises her cubs.
According to Sweeney, due to the pair’s curiosity and general demeanor observed towards each other, introductions are expected to go well.
“Mulac loves enrichment and is an overall relaxed cat. He has been exhibited with another female for many years at his former zoo, so I think he and Masaya will do well together,” said Milk. “Both of them can be pistols.”
The last published Jaguar captive management plan (2010) noted there were 55 jaguars (23 males; 32 females) at 26 zoological institutions. The target population size designated by the Felid Taxon Advisory Group, the group designated with overseeing captive felines in Association of Zoos and Aquariums facilities, is 120.
Brevard Zoo, through its Quarters for Conservation program, continues to support efforts to preserve jaguars in the wild. To date, the Zoo has contributed more than $18,800 in grants to support jaguars in the wild.
From September to December 2014, the Zoo will again be supporting a Jaguar project and continuing to raise funds and awareness for this beautiful and endangered animal.