We're home to two beautiful jaguars, Goshi and Napo. Napo has a sleek golden coat, patterned with black spots in the centre of dark rosette-shaped circles.
This camouflage coat blends in with their surroundings which helps them when they hunt for food. Our other jaguar, Goshi, is more unusual. She is sometimes known as “the black panther” because there is so much dark colouring her smooth coat that she looks completely black from a distance.
You can find this pair in Spirit of the Jaguar, where the habitat is designed to cater for our jaguars' needs. There are indoor and outdoor areas which include poles to climb on, outside dens, sun spots, and outside pools for the cats to practice their excellent swimming skills. You’ll also see other South American species, including tropical fish, yellow-spotted Amazonian river turtles and a pair of two-toed sloth.
Human-jaguar conflict is a serious problem across much of South America and so we have a conservation project dedicated to this complex problem. In partnership with WildCRU (Oxford University), we lead a programme to help manage human-jaguar conflict on a wider scale. You can find out more about our jaguar project here.