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August 27, 2015 -The Ellen Trout Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of an endangered Jaguar as the result of a cooperative breeding program the Species Survival Plan. The cub was born 20 August 2015 and weighed in at 1.6 pounds, now weighing in at 2 pounds. This young male Jaguar has been named Balam the Mayan word for jaguar.

The first time parents are 8 year old Seraphina and 3 year old Kabah. Unfortunately, the cub was not being nursed or well-tended by the mother and some health concerns arose. Zoo staff found it necessary to intervene as the cub became cold and weak hours after its birth. The cub was removed from the mother and given medical and husbandry care. It quickly rebounded and now is doing very well under the careful attention of the animal care staff. While being hand-reared, the cub is not on public display and it remains in visual contact with one or the other of its parents in the indoor enclosure.

Prior to the birth of Balam, the last Jaguar cubs born at the Ellen Trout Zoo were in 1996 when there was a litter of three.