Zoo’s first Jaguar cub in 30 years revealed to public

The Philadelphia Zoo unveiled to the public the newest member of its family today, a 10-week-old jaguar named Lucha.

He is the first cub to be born at the zoo in 30 years. Lucha, named for the Spanish word for “fight,” and his 7-year-old mother Kanga live in the Big Cat Falls exhibit in the zoo.

“He’s pretty shy at the moment,” said Kay Buffamonte, the exhibit’s lead keeper. “We expect that he’s going to become used to seeing folks when they’re visiting him on the other side of the glass.”

Jaguars are native to South and Central America and are threatened in the wild because of habitat destruction and poaching, among other threats.

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