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Female jaguar found in cave released into protected area

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) says they have released a jaguar in a protected area inside Riviera Maya.

The female cat was recently found inside a cavern at Xenses Park that belongs to Xcaret. Staff immediately closed the area to visitors while they waited for wildlife officials to arrive. The jaguar was removed from the cave and taken to a nearby clinic for an examination.

Upon examination, veterinarians found the cat was a three-year-old female who at some point, suffered a limb lesion that had healed and was otherwise, in good health. The veterinary medical team moved the cat to the wildlife management area of the Xcaret Park before being released.

Photo: The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection

The female was taken to a protected ecosystem where there exists a natural presence of potential prey to ensure her survival. Profepa she will be monitored to ensure her adaptation in the new environment.

The team of veterinarians in wildlife management of the Animal Health Area of the Ecocacheological Park Xcaret participated in the care and release of jaguar together with staff from PROFEPA Natural Resources Sub-delegation and personnel from the National Alliance for Conservation of the Jaguar, the Jaguar Wildlife Center Civil Association and the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve.