Athena


Panthera onca/JaguarNear Threatened

Interesting facts about Athena

  • Athena was born at Zagreb zoo in Croatia on 23rd April 2003.
  • Athena arrived at Paradise Wildlife Park in 2006 where she stayed for 5 years before moving to The Big Cat Sanctuary in September 2011.
  • Athena is completely stunning as well as a very intense individual, who certainly gives the impression that she is highly intelligent.
  • Athena is always keen to receive hand feeds, she has a good appetite and is ferociously protective of her meat.
  • Athena has the most piercing stare, she is the queen of stalking!
  • Particularly keen to participate on photography days, she is quite the model!

Cat Care Gifts for Athena

Athena was born in Croatia.


Athena was born in Croatia at a collection called Zagreb Zoo and remained there for three years. At 3 years old she moved to Paradise Wildlife Park where she lived for a further 5 years until coming to live with us.

While at Paradise Wildlife Park she was frequently mixed with a male for breeding purposes, but this never resulted in a pregnancy.

Athena is very silent on foot, having a stride length of approximately half a meter and will often stalk guests, keepers and photographers. Activity is usually more common early afternoon and into the evening. This is encouraged by carrying out enrichment feeds. Boxes are very popular as they can be bitten and dragged around the enclosure similar to a carcass. Food items can also be suspended to encourage climbing activity and improve overall fitness. We also use a variety of synthetic smells and herbs which allow the cat to come into contact with unfamiliar scents as they would in the wild.

Jaguars are the largest cat species found within South America.


As with the majority of the big cats they are solitary and only really socialize with others for breeding purposes. There are slight variations in the colour of the coat with black individuals being relatively common. These all black cats are often incorrectly referred to as black panthers. The coat colouration is very similar to that of a leopard, but there is a difference in the rosettes which in the jaguar have a small black dots in the centre.

Jaguar are also much more heavily built than the leopard with a longer face and much more prominent sagittal crest, giving the head a distinctly pointed top. Unlike many of the other cat species Jaguar are not adverse to water and are actually very good swimmers.

They have the strongest bite of all the big cats, exerting a bite pressure of approximately 1500-2000 pounds per square inch, (depending on source material).

IUCN Red List Category Near Threatened(NT)

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