Fitz the jaguar is named after an athlete who has made his home in Arizona, so of course the jungle feline is starting to feel right at home, too.
The Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium and Safari Park welcomed its newest member in 2-year-old Fitz, and said he is settling into his two-story habitat.
The habitat has a climbing wall, perches, a waterfall and pools suitable for the big cat. It’s larger than usual enclosures and therefore zookeepers will acclimate Fitz to the space and his new roommate — a female jaguar.
According to a statement released by the zoo, the habitat allowed Wildlife World to move ahead with plans over the next few years to phase out, replace and redevelop the older exhibits on the original grounds.
As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding.
This new jaguar exhibit opens on the heels of an all new outdoor sea lion exhibit, educational show, and public feeding that opened on Christmas. The new show featuring the only marine mammals found in Arizona has been very popular with zoo visitors this winter.