Milwaukee County Zoo announces birth of jaguar cubs

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Two jaguar cubs have been born at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  The cubs, a female and male, were born the morning of August 14 to mother, Stella, and father, Pat.

This birth is significant in that the cubs’ father, 15-year-old Pat, is a rescued, wild-caught animal and considered a founder to the population.  Pat not only brings new genes to the captive jaguar population, but serves as an ambassador to the wild population and to the conservation of the species.

Pat has adapted extremely well to his Zoo surroundings; and this important birth marks the siring of his second set of offspring.

The Jaguar Species Survival Program hopes to determine placements for the first set of jaguar cubs during the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, taking place in mid-September.