Hattiesburg Zoo welcomes 'Maya' the jaguar

Hattiesburg Zoo welcomes 'Maya' the jaguar

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Zoo is thrilled to announce there is a new, big cat on campus.
Maya the jaguar is the zoo's latest addition.

She is a 13-year-old black jaguar and weighs only about 100 pounds, but do not let her small size fool you.

Maya has made quite an impression.
"As far as I know we've never had a black jaguar here at the zoo so this will be a first for the Hattiesburg Zoo, which is really exciting," Hattiesburg Zoo Animal Care Manager Stephen Taylor said. "She is a beautiful animal, and even though she is 13 years old she is in great health, great condition and her coat is absolutely gorgeous."

Maya is the first jaguar to call Hattiesburg home since the passing of Sampson the Jaguar, back in January.

The exhibit is set to open sometime in December.

This story is written by Ashleigh Fortenberry.
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