On Nov. 13, 2012, two male jaguar cubs were born at the Milwaukee County Zoo to first-time Mom Stella and Dad Pat. The cubs bring valuable genes to the North American zoo jaguar population. That’s because their dad is a rescued, wild-born animal from Belize, Central America. Pat had a book written about his capture and journey to the Zoo called “Pat the Great Cat.” He serves as an ambassador to the wild population and to the conservation of the species. Jaguars are beautiful and very powerful big cats that are found throughout Central and South America. Their beautiful tawny coats are covered with black rosettes (spots); they can also be all black with the rosettes still visible.
The cubs made their first public appearance on Feb. 13, 2013, in the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. Jenkins Jaguar and Wisconsin Jaguars Ltd. auto club sponsored a Name-the-Jaguar-Cub Contest. The general public in the U.S. named one jaguar B’alam, which is Mayan for “great and powerful king.” For the other cub, Belizean schoolchildren chose Zean (Zee-ahn), the last four letters of “Belizean,” representing the cub’s link to Belize.
We’ve “spotted” the perfect gift for you! Sponsor the jaguar cubs for only $50 and help support all the animals at the Zoo. An animal sponsorship is a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or even Mother’s Day! This limited-time offer is available through July 31, 2013.
Limited-time sponsorship package includes:
- Two adorable plush-toy jaguars
- A certificate of sponsorship
- A colorful fact sheet about jaguars
- A 4-by-6-inch photo of the jaguar cubs
- An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors at the Zoo
- Sponsor recognition on our “All in the Family” donor board for a year
- A Sponsor an Animal decal
Mail your sponsorship anywhere in the continental United States for an extra $5.
Help the cubs grow! The jaguar keepers have put together a wish list through Amazon.com for enrichment items to help the cubs grow and develop skills in a healthy way. Make an additional donation and leave the shopping up to us. We will purchase items from the wish list with the extra donation.
We must receive your gift form by May 3 to guarantee delivery in time for Mother’s Day.
If you prefer to mail your order in with a check, print off this convenient order form.
The tax-deductible portion is $28. Additional donation towards the cubs’ wish list is fully tax-deductible.
Plush-toy animals, photos and decals are not tax-deductible and include 5.6% WI sales tax.
Plush-toys, photo & decal offers good while supplies last.
Your contribution may qualify for matching gifts. Please check with your employer.
The proceeds from the Sponsor an Animal program help all of the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
In accordance with WI Statute Section 440.455, a financial statement of the Zoological Society
will be provided upon request.