Milwaukee Co. Zoo needs help naming new jaguar cubs

CREATED Feb 13, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It’s been nearly 40 years since visitors to the Milwaukee County Zoo have seen baby jaguar cubs, but today two newborns made their debut to the public.

Photos of the new jaguar cubs

Three-year-old Miran Casper was excited to see them.

“There’s two babies... here he comes!” she said.

But she didn’t know she was going to meet two three-year-olds when she visited the zoo today.

The face-painted toddler got a big treat as the two furballs explored their new home for the first time.

“I want them to come again, I want him to come again,” Miran exclaimed.

Milwaukee County Zoo Director Chuck Wikenhauser tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka that even though the male cubs were born in November, they couldn’t risk letting them into the public exhibit until now.

“The exhibit is a little bit of a challenge for young cubs, you can see it’s got multiple levels and things to jump on or jump off of and we want to make sure they're safe,” Wikenhauser explains.

But the two jaguar cubs are more than just a cute attraction to the Zoo, their father Pat was a rescued wild jaguar from Belize.

You can also watch them on the Zoo's webcam by clicking here

“Pat, the male, is totally unrepresented in captive population, so that makes the cubs themselves very, very valuable,” Wikenhauser adds.

Milwaukee area kids worked together with students from Belize to write a book about Pat’s journey to Wisconsin. And those schoolchildren from Central America get to name one of the Jaguar cubs. The other jaguar will be named by someone locally, the Zoo is having a contest and the brainstorming is already beginning.

The Milwaukee County Zoo asks that you only submit names that reflect the heritage or history of jaguars. The cubs will only be visible to the public from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. until they become more acclimated to their new home.