A Jaguar Saved From Death - The Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee help bring a jaguar to Milwaukee.

Pat the Cat finally comes to Milwaukee from Belize, after a few years of the Zoo dealing with paperwork and permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM) and the Milwaukee County Zoo have long had a relationship with the Belize Zoo in the Central American country of Belize. The ZSM has supported several projects at the Belize Zoo, including its jaguar rehabilitation center, designed to take in “problem” 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 received a rehabilitated jaguar named Pat the Cat in March 2008. The Zoological Society provided funds to the Belize Zoo for a jaguar shipping crate as part of the jaguar transaction.

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Animal(s) being conserved/studied: jaguar
Alive issue: Winter 2009

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