Jutai

The Americas' Biggest Cat

Jaguars are one of the most formidable creatures on the planet.  Heavily built with a compact body and a broad head, they are the largest cat in the Americas and the third largest feline species after the tiger and the lion. 

Pound for pound, they are as impressive as they come, with the strongest jaw strength of any of the big cats. While the preferred hunting strategy for most big cats is to take down prey by severing the spinal cord with a bite to the neck, jaguars often display a different method: with that amazing jaw pressure and incredibly sharp teeth, jaguars usually kill their prey with one crushing bite to the skull. 

Jaguars are solitary animals meaning that they live and hunt alone except during the mating season.  They hunt mostly on the ground but sometimes will climb a tree and pounce on their prey from above. They are not finicky and will eat anything that they can catch. Some items on their long and varied menu include deer, peccary, caiman, turtle, fish and snake.

Currently we have one male jaguar in our big cat family at the Zoo. Since he feels more comfortable being inside with his keepers during the day, he is most often a night cat that goes outside once the Zoo closes.  However, if you are planning on visiting the Zoo, you still might be able to get a glimpse of Jutai if you can get to Big Cat Falls early. If he isn’t ready to go inside for his breakfast by the time you arrive, then you will usually find him in one of our three courtyard exhibits.    

Jen RobertsonJen RobertsonBy Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

07/18/2014 : A Rocky Road for Tigers

Before you scream for ice cream on National Ice Cream Day on July 20, help make a roar for big cat conservation.

By Marina Stuart, Conservation Associate

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07/09/2014 : The Americas' Biggest Cat

Jaguars have the strongest jaws of any cat.

By Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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07/03/2014 : Jutai

Get to know Jutai, the Zoo's jaguar.

By Kay Buffamonte, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Lead Keeper

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06/25/2014 : Get to know our pumas

Our three puma siblings look a lot alike, but who better than a keeper to help you tell them apart?

By Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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06/18/2014 : Pumas reach new heights

Pumas enjoy jumping and climbing and being up high, so naturally, they've taken to Big Cat Crossing pretty quickly.

By Kay Buffamonte, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Lead Keeper

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06/10/2014 : Deforestation Doughnuts

Last Friday was National Doughnut Day, and many companies were offering free doughnuts to their customers. But what a lot of the people eating their free doughnuts do not know is how much the doughnut industry is affecting deforestation due to palm oil harvesting. 

By Marina Stuart, Conservation Associate

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06/04/2014 : Pumas all over

Taking a look at how much range pumas cover and how that's changing.

By Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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05/28/2014 : How to spot an Amur leopard

Many cats have spots, but here's how you can pick a leopard out of the bunch.

By Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls keeper.

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05/22/2014 : Hard to spot

Amur leopards are the most endangered of the big cats, with fewer than 40 remaining in their native Russian habitat. 

By Kristen Waldron, Director of Conservation Education/Integration

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05/15/2014 : Amur leopards on the move

It has been a week of moves and changes for the Amur leopards in Big Cat Falls!

By Kay Buffamonte, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Lead Keeper

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05/08/2014 : Talking scents with our Amur leopards

Amur leopards might ignore a new toy or paper product, but sprinkle a dash of clove or a drop of mint extract and you’ve got a very happy excited cat!

By Anna Ryan, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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04/30/2014 : Fun facts about our Amur tigers

Get to know the biggest of the big cats at Philadelphia Zoo. 

by Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls keeper

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04/23/2014 : Will You Fight Like a Tiger to Help Save Them?

Learn how the the expansion of oil palm plantations is hurting Sumatran tigers and what you can do to help.

By Kristen Waldron, Director of Conservation Education/Integration

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04/15/2014 : Exploring Big Cat Falls with the Tigers

While our tiger habitat is under construction for the next couple of weeks, the keepers have taken this opportunity to encourage Wiz and Dmitri to investigate the other habitats.

By Kay Buffamonte, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Lead Keeper

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04/09/2014 : Welcoming Wiz and Dmitri

This week, we focus on the newest residents of First Niagara Big Cat Falls, tiger brothers Wiz and Dmitri.

By Anna Ryan, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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04/03/2014 : Getting to know Kira and Changbai

The spotlight of this week is on our two female Amur tigers, Kira and Changbai. 

By Jen Robertson, First Niagara Big Cat Falls Keeper

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