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American jaguar Maya


Maya doesn't suffer in a cramped space anymore

Maya, our jaguar lady, was saved as a 3-year-old from a private owner, where she lived in a cramped space and unsuitable conditions. For a wild cat that needs movement, it was a torture. Wild cats don't belong in hands of private owners, because they can't create proper life conditions for them. In the Malkia Park we try to create suitable conditions with bigger enclosures and pools. Jaguars love water and they can enjoy it here.

The main area of occurrence is the Amazonian rain forest. But besides there, the jaguar lives in almost the whole South and Central America, from Mexico to Argentina. They prefer tropical rain forests, but they also sometimes live in the bush or the savannahs with trees, scrubs or reed.

Following the tiger and the lion, the jaguar is the third biggest wild cat in the world. They are solitary. They spend time with their kind only during the mating season or when caring for the kittens. To keep other jaguars from their territory, they mark it with urine or scratches on the trees.

 For the ADOPTION DONATION for Maya we would like to thank: Marina Röring, Noel Dojčan.


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