Mateo is a jaguar who was born on June 6th, 2016, at a zoo in Phoenix, Arizona. He made the voyage to Panther Ridge Conservation Center when he was 4 months old and will be a part of our family forever. Even as a small cub, he was built like a tank. He had a wide stance, a full body and short, muscular legs – the perfect miniature of a powerful adult jaguar. As an adult, he will have the strongest bite in the cat family, pound for pound, and the best swimming ability of any cat. He was raised with our cougar cub, Meeka, and continues to love his morning walks with her and our staff.
The hope is that Mateo and our other resident jaguar will breed one day. Mateo is not genetically related to Isabella, which makes the prospect of potential breeding all the more exciting. Every endangered jaguar is a precious treasure.