LOUISVILLE ZOO MEDIA RELEASE

September 20, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Animals Debut at Louisville Zoo

Jaguar LeBron Named for NBA Star Makes Debut
Two Addax Calves Born at Zoo

LeBron, a beautiful new male jaguar, is making his local debut this week at the Louisville Zoo along with two new addax calves recently born on Zoo grounds.

The four year old jaguar comes to Louisville from the Brevard Zoo in Florida as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariumsí national breeding program.  LeBron was born at the Akron Zoo in Ohio and is named after NBA star LeBron James who also hails from Akron.

LeBron just completed his 30-day quarantine period which is routine for all new animals entering the Zooís collection. He can be seen daily in the jaguar exhibit located near the snow leopard exhibit and Papa Johnís Splash Park.

Jaguars are found in Central to South America. Their habitat is rain forests, marshes, dense forests and they tend to follow rivers. They can get up to six feet in length and weigh between 120 to 200 lbs. Jaguars are solitary hunters in the wild and do no associate with one another outside of breeding season.  Estimates indicate that less than 15,000 still exist in the wild.

ADDAX BIRTHS

Two addax calves were recently born at the Louisville Zoo. One male, born in mid-September, and a female, born in August have joined the collection. Both calves can now be seen in the addax yard near the 4-D Theater. 

Addax antelopes are found in Africa in isolated pockets within the Sahara desert. Their habitats are waterless areas. They can reach up to 250 lbs. and in the wild eat grasses and desert shrub. In managed populations like here at the Zoo, they eat hay, grain and carrot surprise (carrots, onions and sweet potatoes).           

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About Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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