Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium welcomes two endangered animals

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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- The Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium has welcomed two new additions with the births of a South American tapir and jaguar cub.

Both the baby tapir and jaguar cub are endangered animals and can be viewed by guests inside the Wildlife World Baby Animal Nursery.

The South American tapir is commonly found throughout the Amazonian rainforest. The animals are known for the odd number of toes on their rear feet as well as their long noses which can pick up objects. All species of tapir are at threat to poaching and habitat loss.

The newborn tapir currently has white stripes which are used for camouflage, but they will fade as the tapir reaches adult size.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium’s baby jaguar may be small now, but male jaguars can grow to about 200 pounds. Jaguars can be found most often throughout Central and South America, but at one time they lived in the Southwest desert region, including Arizona. Like the tapir, jaguars are endangered and at risk to poachers and habitat loss.

Most jaguars have a yellow coat with black spots, but some, such as the new cub, are black with black spots.

The Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium will be co-hosting the 9th annual conference of the Zoological Association of America from Sunday, November 10- Thursday, November 14. The conference is expecting more than 200 professionals to meet and talk about the newest trends and best practices for animal management and medicine at zoos and aquariums.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Avenue on the southeast corner of State Route 303 and Northern Avenue.

Exhibits at the zoo are open Monday- Sunday from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and aquarium exhibits are open Monday- Sunday from 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

To learn more, visit: http://www.wildlifeworld.com./.