From July 2012

The BEAUTIFUL black Jaguar that we LOOOOOOVE to visit at our zoo passed away while we were on our family trip. I found out about it this morning and, I must admit, I cried. I am so glad she isn’t suffering anymore. Travis and I could see a decline in her health and mobility simply in the 6 months we’ve been coming to the zoo. Below is the article written about her on our zoo’s website ( and these are pictures they took of her. She was never in her outdoor enclosure for us since they have recently started remodeling to build a “Land of the Jaguar” exhibit. I guess they have to look for a new Jaguar now. šŸ˜¦

From July 2012

“On Thursday, June 28, 2012, our beloved jaguar, Jabo, lost her battle with cancer.
Jabo was diagnosed with cancer nearly three years ago and at that time was given a six month life expectancy. She happily proved us all wrong and surpassed this prognosis with little to no ill affect.

However, Jabo began to show outward signs of her internal battle with cancer. Despite the use of chemotherapy drugs and medications aimed at reducing or eliminating pain, Jabo began to show more signs of slowing down, taking a turn for the worse two weeks ago. The zoo staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her due to her diminished quality of life.

Jabo was born December 25, 1991, and arrived at the Alexandria Zoo in 1992. On average, a jaguar’s lifespan in the wild is 12 – 15 years and up to 20 years in captivity.”

So sad…we will definitely miss checking in on her. Not quite sure how we are going to explain this to Sam either- this will be the first animal he has really gotten “to know” that has died.