A #FionaFriday FIRST: Watch as Fiona sees her new home in the jaguar habitat sponsored by Jaguar PalmBeach for the very first time. This amazing vantage point was filmed keeper Heather Price, just inside the jaguar night house on Fiona’s debut day. This is the first time anyone is seeing it… EVER!
Fiona was just days old in October 2014, when she was found motherless and clinging to life. The tragedy, at such an early age, means Fiona is unable to survive in the wild. It has taken nearly two years and the dedication of an incredible team to transport Fiona to Palm Beach Zoo from the Gamboa Rainforest Resort home of the Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación (APPC). The effort was spearheaded by The Panamanian Ministry of the Environment, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Jaguar Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the conservation fund provided by SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Fund in the U.S., which provides financial support for conservation groups.
The newest Species Survival Plan (SSP) member of our family will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Emmy-nominated The Wildlife Docs – so stay tuned for details! #Fiona is excited to meet you during your next WILD adventure at Palm Beach Zoo!
Special shoutouts to Nestor Correa, APPC President; Fiona’s Panamanian caretaker Lynne Hawksworth; Sea World/Busch Gardens grants administrator Rob Yordi.