Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire is home to the only jaguar cub in the U.K. and this week little Keira took her first steps outside.
Born on 2nd April to parents Kedera and Kumal, the new cub quickly adapted to her surroundings, playing amongst the bamboo and climbing in her enclosure, while making sure mum was always close by.
Keira and Kedera and are currently being kept in a separate enclosure to father Kumal, allowing them to bond safely and letting the new cub develop in confidence. An extension to the current jaguar enclosure is being built which will eventually house all three family members, enabling them to be together in a larger space.
Jaguars are classified as ‘near threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so Keira’s birth has been a real cause for celebration.
Paradise is one of only two zoos in the UK, and one of six in Europe, recommended to breed Jaguars, as part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme).
ZSH Director, Lynn Whitnall, said;
“We are all delighted that Keira has now had her final inoculations from the vet and is now outside playing and having fun in the sun. The breeding programmes at Paradise Wildlife Park have achieved some fantastic results over the years, especially amongst our Big Cats.
“I’m incredibly proud for all the staff and keepers at Paradise whose hard work and dedication have led to this – not to mention Kumal and Kedera
(the cub’s parents) of course! It’s a wonderful way to welcome the launch of our new charity Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH).”
For more information on visiting cub Keira and Paradise Wildlife Park go to www.pwpark.com