Both jaguars and pumas are fed once a day, near sunset. The difference
in jaguars’ and pumas’ behavior when they come to feed
is quite impressive. Pumas calmly walk into the feeding area and
eat without any trace of aggressiveness. Jaguars behave differently
among them and vis-à-vis the keepers – after they have
eaten, everything is all right, but when time to feed comes...
Dalilah jumping over the feeding area fence: she is always the last
to eat. Samson eats first, then it is Carlota’s turn. To date,
that has been the hierarchy established among them.
Samson versus Carlota
Samson versus Dalilah
Samson biting the fence wire while the meat is not brought to him.
The new enclosure, which has been is use for merely 5 months, will
have to be further protected. Vertical iron bars will be placed
in all feeding are gates to protect the wire. Should aggressiveness
increase, the partitions in the feeding area will be walled off,
to prevent animals’ stress.
It is not without any risk to take this action now, because boredom
is what makes captivity dangerous to animals. Domination over the
range where they find food, and being an “individual”
in that particular occasion is very important to their own development.
We shall always remain attentive to this fact, respecting the behavior
characteristics when confronted with other individuals, and will
always try to introduce activities to compensate the sad status
of these animals, that were born to be free but will never know
freedom. Our only consolation is to know that at least these ones
will remain alive.