Tulsa Zoo's jaguar has a mate

Monday, October 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Zoo's version of the Dating Game is just about to get underway. After two years of searching the Zoo has acquired a mate for its female Jaguar. His name is Pepitio.

He is five years old, weighs just under 200 pounds. He arrived from Guatemala over the weekend, and these are your first exclusive pictures of Pepitio.

Tavi, the female won't get to meet him for at least a month. In the meantime he'll be in quarantine getting checked out. Dr Kay Backues, Tulsa Zoo Veterinarian: "Just make sure he's healthy, he's adjusted to our diet and our routine, and then he'll be moved over to the Tropical American Rain Forest Building when he gets clean bill of health."

The introduction of the two big cats will move very slowly and probably take weeks.