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Arrived 12/13/17

Big Cat Rescue Collaborates with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to Bring a Jaguar and Leopard to the Sanctuary

Manny Jaguar

Manny Jaguar


December 13, 2017

For the second time in less than a week, Big Cat Rescue has new cats arriving at the sanctuary!

We are taking in and will be the permanent home for an 11-year- old male jaguar named Manny and a 16-year- old female leopard named Nat from Omaha’s AZA-accredited Henry Doorly Zoo. What a December to Remember for the sanctuary!

Jamie and her team of Big Cat Rescuers are driving the cats to the sanctuary in our new Dodge van that we just purr-chased thanks to the incredible generosity of donors like you who read about our desperate need for a new van in our July annual appeal letter! We are so very grateful to have this van that is not only bringing Manny and Nat to their forever home right now but will help us rescue many precious exotic cats for years to come!

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska is constructing expansive new natural habitats for many of their big cats and other animals. For this progress to occur, some of their current exhibits are being replaced. When Big Cat Rescue learned that the zoo was searching for a GFAS-accredited sanctuary to rehome Manny the jaguar and Nat the leopard, we immediately offered to take them.

Nat Amur LeopardWe are happy to have collaborated with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo to bring Manny and Nat to Big Cat Rescue, where they will remain for the rest of their lives. This type of collaboration between an AZA-accredited zoo and a GFAS-accredited sanctuary is not as common as similar facilities working within their own networks, which makes it even more special. We are delighted that the zoo has entrusted Big Cat Rescue with the ongoing well-being of these beautiful cats. We will make sure Manny and Nat continue to receive the best care possible and enjoy their retirement years at our sanctuary.

We sincerely thank everyone who has donated to the care of our cats during our 25 years in existence and those who have donated since July to allow us to purchase our new Dodge van! If you’d like to help us out by donating toward the food and care of Manny and Nat, we would greatly appreciate it!

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Many Jaguar Updates

Dec 13, 2017

Manny has been curious and investigated his new home.

Dec 14, 2017

Manny is such a funny cat. His first day here he rounded up all the toys and took them inside the den which totally cracked us up. Keepers frequently peek in on him through the den peep hole just to check on him. We are not lingering long at a time. He seems to want some privacy while he gets used to the routines, sounds, smells, etc. We are respecting that and being patient to give him time to get acquainted, on his terms. Currently, we have limited the number of keepers caring for him so he does not feel overwhelmed. When he is more comfortable we will take new pix to share with all of you. Thank you for your patience while we wait for him to settle in.

Jamie Veronica captured a sneaky snapshot of Manny. Spying on Manny in his den with all of his toys that he is hoarding.
Spying on Manny in his den with all of his toys that he is hoarding.

Keeper Michael got a snapshot from another angle of Manny hoarding his toys in his new den.

Keeper Afton came along later and got another great snapshot as well,  "I saw a picture of Manny the jaguar in his den with his toys, but some things you just have to see for yourself."

I think it is safe to say, "Manny Jaguar likes his new den, especially when it is 'decorated' with his favorite things.

Dec 18, 2017

Keeper MaryLou Geis got some new snapshots of Manny. What a handsome jaguar this boy is.

Dec 19, 2017

Keeper Marie Schoubery found out that Manny LOVES sicles. Check out this cute video of Manny and his tuna sicle.

Dec 20, 2017

Jamie got snapshot of Manny lounging around under the trees, still keeping those toys close by.

December 21, 2017

Manny has a heart on his belly. ~Keeper Afton

Manny has a heart on his belly.

Manny Artwork

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  1. Tom

    September 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Both Manny-and Natalia-lived at my zoo-The Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo And Aquarium. Their indoor and outdoor exibits were just up and down from each other. Natalia’s was up and Manny’s was down. Years ago, we had a male Amur leopard named Usi-U-C. He was in with Natalia. Usi was/is my favorite Amur leopard. Manny is my favorite Spotted Jaguar. I once had a photo calendar made for one of my bosses, and I put one picture of Natalia in it, and one of Manny in it. How are they doing?
    God bless;

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