Keira - The Big Cat Sanctuary


Panthera onca/JaguarNear Threatened

Interesting facts about Keira

  • Keira was born on 2nd April 2017 to parent Kedera and Kumal at Paradise Wildlife Park.
  • She was a litter of one and is quite small given that she did not have any siblings to compete with for food!
  • Keira was reared by her mother at Paradise Wildlife Park, dad - Kumal was introduced back with her when she was 14 months old so they could all share space and live as a family.
  • She arrived to The Big Cat Sanctuary in August 2019 as a recommended move as part of the breeding programme.
  • She is nimble and agile and enjoys the enrichment features in the jaguar breeding centre where we hope she will raise cubs at some stage.
  • It didn't take long for Keira to fall for Neron, she is totally besotted with him and passes many hours cuddling up and grooming with him. They are the perfect jaguar couple.

Keira's story

Keira was born on 2nd April 2017 to parent Kedera and Kumal at Paradise Wildlife Park and was moved to The Big Cat Sanctuary as a recommended move as part of the co-ordinated jaguar breeding programme, she was two years old on arrival.

She joined Neron, her breeding partner and fell in love with him almost immediately. They were literally the perfect couple, they demonstrated love and affection on a daily basis.

It didn’t take long before Keira was pregnant, she gave birth to Inka and proved herself to be the most incredible mother to a mischievous little lady.

She is now back sharing an enclosure with Neron and seems very happy. We are so proud of her she perfected parenthood first time round which is amazing!

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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