SD Zoo Names Baby Jaguars

The cubs were born on April 26, 2012

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Jun 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:06 PM PDT
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The San Diego Zoo has officially named their new baby jaguar cubs.

According to an announcement on the zoo’s Facebook page Wednesday, the jaguar siblings have been dubbed “Tikal” and “Maderas.”

The zoo said Tikal, the male cub, is named after an important Mayan cultural center, while the female, Maderas, is named for a volcano in Nicaragua.

The adorable felines were born on April 26 and were first introduced to the media on May 16.

Back then zookeepers said the female cub was “feisty” just like her mother Nindiri, while the male cub was more laid-back, like the babies’ father, Guapo.

The baby jaguars are currently off exhibit, staying in a den inside the Elephant Odyssey section of the San Diego Zoo.

In the next few months, zookeepers hope to move the cubs into a bigger exhibit with toys and a swimming pool.

By the way, jaguars are the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest of the world’s cats, according to the San Diego Zoo.

Demand for the jaguar’s fur as well as loss of habitat have reduced populations and contributed to the reasons why this species is endangered.

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