Jaguars are incredible cats. Known to be crepuscular hunters (meaning most active during dawn and dusk, when the light is low), these cats move easily in and out of the shadows to find prey.
In First Niagara Big Cat Falls, Jutai is often making use of the rock ledges around the perimeter of one of the two middle yards. He is most active later in the day and most comfortable when he can check on what the keepers are doing, so he often spends the day indoors and taking the later shift, out on exhibit in the afternoon. When indoors, his favorite pastime is eating or tearing up paper! With those powerful jaws, he enjoys subduing toys like construction hard hats and shredding through thick phone books. Jutai was also recently the father of the first jaguar cub born in the Philadelphia Zoo in 30 years. His cub has since matured and moved to the LA Zoo, but we hope that Jutai has the opportunity to meet another female and father more cubs in the future!
Often, people have difficulty distinguishing between the spot pattern of a leopard and a jaguar. Both cats have circular black markings called rosettes. The rosettes on a jaguar also contain solid black spots within them, while the rosettes on a leopard do not. With incredible jaw strength, a bite more powerful than a tiger, jaguars even hunt crocodiles in waterways. Look for the thicker muscles and distinctive larger head of our male jaguar.
By Kay Buffamonte, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Lead Keeper