Farewell to Mulac the Jaguar, Welcome Tikal

Come say farewell to Mulac the Jaguar who will be moving to the Brevard Zoo in Florida to meet a potential new mate. His last day on exhibit will be Saturday, September 21st. Mulac moved to the Sacramento Zoo from the Audubon Zoo in 2002.
Mulac the Jaguar, moving to the Brevard Zoo in Florida
Tikal comes to us from the San Diego Zoo and may be seen on exhibit as early as September 22nd. Guests will not see Tina, the resident female, and Tikal on exhibit together until the two have undergone an extensive “meet and greet” process. After Tina and Tikal are comfortable with the sight and scent of each other they will begin sharing the same space under the watchful eyes of zookeepers.
Tikal the Jaguar, coming from the San Diego Zoo
 Sacramento Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Jaguar Species Survival Plan® (SSP). Tikal’s arrival was recommended by the SSP, and while Tikal may someday be a father, his role here for now will be  a companion for Tina, an older Jaguar. Social interactions will be important for Tikal as he continues to grow into adulthood; at 16 years of age, Tina (who is considered post-reproductive) will act as a mentor to Tikal, rather than a mate.

Jaguars are an endangered species with estimates indicating that more than 10,000 still exist in the wild; however their numbers are rapidly decreasing as a result of habitat destruction and  illegal fur trade. In appearance Jaguars are often confused with leopards – both cats have a similar brownish/yellow base fur coloring that is marked distinctively with spots – the jaguar’s spots are rosettes, which are spots within spots.  Jaguars are stockier, have larger heads and shorter tails. They weigh 80-130 pounds and can live about 11 years in the wild and up to 22 years in captivity. 
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