Granby Zoo celebrates the birth of endangered jaguar cubs | News – Daily Hive

Granby Zoo celebrates the birth of endangered jaguar cubs | News - Daily Hive
Endangered worldwide, two jaguar cubs born at Granby Zoo
Quebec's Granby Zoo has welcomed two baby jaguars into the world this month. The little felines will be available for the public to see this fall.

For now, their mother, a 7-year-old named Taiama, will be taking care of her fluffy babies in private, the zoo said on Sunday. The cubs were born on Aug. 6.

Jaguar populations have been steadily declining for years, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They are threatened by habitat loss, hunting and the illegal trade of body parts.

Taiama had already given birth to two other cubs, and each is cause for celebration because the world's jaguar population has been steadily declining, the zoo says, citing the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Jaguars are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) under the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Granby Zoo says they are among the accredited organizations that are committed to helping breed them.

Wild jaguar populations are threatened by habitat loss, hunting and the illegal trade of body parts. 

Jaguars fall under the Species Survival Plan which was developed nearly four decades ago by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the survival of certain species in captivity — most of which are threatened or endangered.

The names of the two cubs haven’t been revealed yet. The zoo says the babies will stay with their mother for now until they are visible to the public this fall.

Accredited facilities such as the Granby Zoo are committed to breeding animals like the jaguar that have been listed under the plan.

The organization says that Taiama, a seven-year-old jaguar, gave birth to her third and her fourth babies during the night of Aug. 6.

"Therefore, each birth is a victory for the species with precarious status (x2 in this case)!," the zoo wrote in a Facebook post.

“Each birth is therefore a victory for the species with precarious status (x2 in this case),” said the zoo.

In June 2018, the zoo successfully delivered an endangered leopard by cesarean birth. The zoo is located about 70 kilometres east of Montreal in Granby, Que.

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The jaguar population worldwide has been decreasing because of a loss of habitat and the illegal hunting of the species for body parts.

Granby Zoo jaguar Taiama gave birth to these little charmers on Aug. 6, 2019. They are her third and fourth cubs. Photo courtesy of Facebook jpg

In a post on its Facebook page, the zoo announced that seven-year-old Taiama gave birth to her fourth and fifth offspring on Aug. 6.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature notes that the jaguar population worldwide has been decreasing because of a loss of habitat and the illegal hunting of the species for body parts.

Granby Zoo says it is one of several institutions accredited to engage in a jaguar repopulation effort.

The zoo said it is providing Taiama and her cubs the necessary isolation to allow her to watch over them. The public will be able to see the new arrivals this autumn.