Our South American-themed exhibit will transport you to one of the most exotic and biodiverse habitats in the world. The first part of the building is home to our Bush dogs, Two-toed sloths and an impressive aquarium tank featuring large shoals and Amazonian turtles.
Many of the trees and plants found here are native to South America and a cinema, set inside a cattle ranch, highlights our conservation work in Brazil.
You might also be able to watch our adventurous sloths climbing along their high ropes, right above your head!
The second part of the building is home to our Jaguars, who typically weigh 80-100kg and can live for up to 25 years in captivity. Whilst most Jaguars have the distinctive black spotted pattern on their golden coats, there are also melanistic, black jaguars. Spirit of the Jaguar is home to both colours.
Whatever their home range, Jaguars spend a considerable amount of time on the hunt, searching for their next meal. At the zoo, we are simulating this by varying the method and time of presenting their food from day to day.
Sometimes food is dragged around to lay scent trails that lead to the meal. The food is hidden from view by a loose covering of bark or leaves. Sometimes it is pushed into a crack in the rockwork or even buried. These methods of enrichment are a vital part of the daily routine.
We've been supporting the Jaguar Conservation Programme since 2000 and focusing on resolving Human-Jaguar conflict which has become one of the highest priorities in global Jaguar conservation.