A new female Jaguar, called Naya, has arrived in Loro Parque to stay. This specimen of Panthera onca has now passed the period of adaptation to her new home and to her new companion Gulliver, and for several weeks the couple has been observed together in their outdoor facilities in the Parque.
Naya belongs to a breeding programme within the European Endangered Species Programme (EPP), to which zoos linked to the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) are associated. She has thus come to Loro Parque from Martinique in the Caribbean with the aim of being able to reproduce.
The Jaguar is the largest feline in South America and the third largest in the world, after Tigers and Lions. Within its range, it’s the animal at the top of the food chain, and can live in habitats as different as the Amazon rainforest or the dry steppes of southern South America.
In nature, it feeds on a variety of live prey, from fish to large mammals and even small Caymans. In addition, it’s known to have the strongest jaws within the feline group. In general, with the exception of breeding and reproduction periods, it’s a solitary animal.
Panthera onca is a species categorised as Near Threatened on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and one of the greatest dangers it faces is the high rates of deforestation in Latin America. The fragmentation of their habitats isolates them and makes them more vulnerable to human persecution.
The commercial hunting of Jaguars for their skins has decreased drastically since the mid-1970s thanks to anti-fur campaigns and the progressive control and closure of international markets. However, there is still a demand for their feet, teeth and other products.
Loro Parque, as a wildlife conservation centre, thus consolidates its commitment to the protection of nature and different species, which makes it an authentic embassy for wild animals.