Sombra, the Jaguar Seen Around the World
The Center has just released footage of a beautiful jaguar — named Sombra, or "Shadow," by Tucson schoolchildren — recorded in the Chiricahua Mountains southeast of Tucson. The images were picked up and celebrated around the world in sources ranging from cat blogs in the United Kingdom to newspapers in Australia.
The 15-second video clip, shot this summer, shows a jaguar blinking, turning his head back and forth, and walking away from the camera. After we released the video, an Arizona Game and Fish biologist revealed in an email that the animal is a male.
Sombra was first photographed last November and is the seventh confirmed jaguar in the American Southwest since 1996; five have been seen in Arizona and two in New Mexico.
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