Jaguar cubs out with mom daily at Brevard Zoo

Jaguar mom Masaya and her two cubs.  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Jaguar mom Masaya and her two cubs. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Jaguar moms are so tolerant of their little monsters!  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Jaguar moms are so tolerant of their little monsters! Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Jaguar moms are so tolerant of their little monsters!  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Jaguar moms are so tolerant of their little monsters! Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

A mother jaguar's job is to teach her cubs what it takes to be an adult jaguar.  Much of that is through play.  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

A mother jaguar’s job is to teach her cubs what it takes to be an adult jaguar. Much of that is through play. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

This was going to be a more text-inclusive, eloquent, witty post, but I’ll let Masaya and her two babies do all the talking.  If a picture says a thousand words, what would these images be saying???

At the moment, the jaguar mom and cubs are out on-exhibit at Brevard Zoo (www.brevardzoo.org) from about 10am-ish until about 1pm-ish.  Then they are shifted to the den area, and dad is let out on-exhibit until the next morning.  They cannot all be out together, as male jaguars will kill cubs in order to bring the female back into a breeding cycle again.

If you happen to come to the zoo and miss the cubs’ time outside, don’t worry; Dad is impressive, too!  Here he is; remember to listen for his incredible voice!  He is very vocal at times.  I have audio of him, but can’t figure out how to get it from my phone or desktop into this post.  If anyone can tell me how, it’s actually a .3gp file.

Male jaguar at Brevard Zoo.  Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

Male jaguar at Brevard Zoo. Copyright Audrey R. Smith, 2015.

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