A Prey Buffet:
Jaguars are at the top of the food chain and eat over 80 different species.
Jaguars stalk and ambush their prey rather than chasing it. If food is scarce, jaguars will travel a great distance to hunt tapir, cattle, and deer.
Not all cats hate water–jaguars are great swimmers! This makes caiman, fish, and turtles easy jaguar food too.
At Reid Park Zoo:
These two sisters are black (melanistic), but most jaguars are yellow with black spots. You can see the spots on these animals if you look closely.
Nikita and Simone turned 20 years old in 2016. These elderly jaguars require a lot of special care. The Zoo is committed to providing whole-life care to every one of its animal residents, so Zoo Keepers spend a lot of time carefully observing the jaguars, feeding them special diets, and caring for age-related issues.
But even at their advanced age, the jaguars still love to play and explore new things!