about the behavior of jaguars held in captivity
Living in close quarters to jaguars is quite different from watching
them in their natural habitat.
There is much prejudice against animals held in captivity and undoubtedly,
those who are unable to watch them grow and follow their development
are not in a position to know some of the essential features of
these magnificent animals.
The most striking qualities, which constantly surprise us, are
their intelligence and spatial perception. A good example of that
is how well they can locate the locks and gates in every enclosure.
Sampson, Dalilah and Carlota lived in two different enclosures for
a year and five months – first they were in the temporary
enclosure for cubs and now they are in the permanent one. In both
enclosures they learned how to open the gate locks. And it is not
something they learn with time, they learn to do that from the very
first try. Were it not for the double locks and around-the-clock
attention they would easily go out.
Dalilah, 6 to 8 months old: learning to open gate