Inka - The Big Cat Sanctuary


Panthera onca/JaguarNear Threatened

Interesting facts about Inka

  • Inka was born on 6th April 2021, she was Neron and Keira's first born, she was also the first jaguar to be born at The Big Cat Sanctuary.
  • This cub proved to be quite the mischief, Keira was extremely patient in the early months, ensuring she was groomed, fed and not in any danger at all times. Keira was the perfect mum.
  • She wanted to explore and climb in the den area a lot! Keira persevered with retrieving her and keeping her close by, but being a mother also meant being an object on which to climb, bite and hang off!
  • Inka is a balanced mix of both her parents, he has her mother's feisty nature and her father's looks. She is truly magnificent in every way.
  • This jaguar absolutely loves enrichment, she is a very inquisitive and playful cat with a mischievous nature!
  • A truly magnificent black jaguar, her colouration and rosettes shine through in her fur, she is stunning - look at those eyes!

Inka's story

Inka was born at The Big Cat Sanctuary on 6th April 2022 to parents Neron an Keira. She was their first cub and was born as part of the co-ordinated breeding programme. Her father Neron moved from Amsterdam Zoo to The Big Cat Sanctuary as a recommendation by the jaguar studbook keeper. He joined Keira and they were fabulous together. It didn’t take long for the pair to begin mating after they were mixed in a shared enclosure. Inka was the result of this pairing and she was a real character from a very early age.

A determined and wilful little lady, she was sassy and kept mum on her toes from the start! Keira proved to be a wonderful mum, just like her own mum Kedera. After a slightly difficult birth Keira bounced back and took perfect care of her baby. She was very patient and taught her cub all her own cheeky traits. The mother/daughter relationship was very typical of what we would expect to see in jaguars.

Inka was moved to a separate enclosure within the jaguar breeding centre at the same time as Neron and Keira were reunited. Neron was desperate to be back with his mate and it was also the right time for Inka to begin the next chapter of growing up too! After a short period of adjustment, she settled well and started to really enjoy playing in her pool, frolicking with boomer balls, running through the trees and observing what is happening onsite from her vantage point up high on her high-rise platform.

We expect Inka to stay with us until a breeding recommendation is made and her transfer to join her breeding partner is made.  that time, Inka is living her best life, she loves hand feeds and she is proving to be a superstar for our guest photographers!

About Jaguars

As with the majority of the big cats they are solitary and only really socialise 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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