Wild Jaguars Saved From Death - The Belize Zoo's Jaguar Rehabilitation Program finds a place for "killer" jaguars.

Between January 2002 and 2004, more than 60 “problem jaguars” seen killing livestock were shot or poisoned in the Central American country of Belize, says Sharon Matola, director of the Belize Zoo. She created a way to save some of the jaguars. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM) and the Milwaukee County Zoo have long had a relationship with the Belize Zoo. The ZSM has supported several projects at the Belize Zoo, including its jaguar rehabilitation center, designed to take in “killer” jaguars that were attacking domestic cattle and otherwise would have been killed and acclimate them to Zoo life. These rehabilitated jaguars have been sent to North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of the AZA’s Jaguar Species Survival Plan. The goal of the Jaguar SSP is to maintain the long-term health of the population of captive jaguars by maintaining the genetic diversity of jaguars in AZA-accredited zoos. The Milwaukee County Zoo participates in the Jaguar SSP and was due to receive a rehabilitated jaguar.

See also a winter 2009 Alive story: A Jaguar Saved From Death. The Milwaukee County Zoo received a rehabilitated jaguar named Pat the Cat in March 2008.

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Animal(s) being conserved/studied: Jaguars
Alive issue: Spring/Summer 2006

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