LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Ellen Trout Zoo family has a new member.
Kabah, a 142-pound male jaguar, arrived at Lufkin's Ellen Trout Zoo Wednesday. Kabah was donated by the Tulsa as part of the Species Survival Plan. The 17-month-old jaguar will be paired with Seraphina, a 6-year-old female jaguar on loan from the Zoo New England in Boston.
"It is hoped that in the near future, he and Seraphina will become the proud parents of a litter of jaguar cubs," Gordon Henley, the director of the Ellen Trout Zoo, said in an e-mail message.
Kabah, who is named for Mayan city in southeast Yucatan, will remain off-exhibit for several days until he learns his way around the zoo's jaguar enclosure.
Henley said jaguars are the largest species of wild cat native to the New World. They can be found from Mexico south to Paraguay and Argentina.
The Ellen Trout Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, and it is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.