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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | September 2009 

PV Zoo Celebrates 4 Years and 2 New Births
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September 15, 2009

For more information, call (322) 228-0501, click HERE or visit
You just couldn't ask for better timing. As the Castañeda family was preparing for the Puerto Vallarta Zoo's 4th anniversary celebration, the number of endangered animals born at the Zoologico de Vallarta facilities since September 15, 2005 was increased by the birth of 2 melanistic jaguar cubs.

Since melanistic jaguars (Pantera onca) are in danger of extinction, the Castañeda family, who have deep ecological concerns and devote themselves entirely to the preservation of all animal species, is proud to announce that the two cubs, a male and a female, were born in perfect health.

This is good news for the La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala. The Castañeda brothers are in the process of cutting through all the "red tape" that is required for them to donate the female cub to the La Aurora Zoo owners, who are in need of such a specimen and are counting on Zoologico de Vallarta's reputation of providing endangered animals with the excellent care and safe environment that has made their captive birth program one of Latin America's most successful.

As a side note, another endangered species, a Sicilian donkey (Equus asinus) recently gave birth at the Puerto Vallarta Zoo. The odd part of this is that the father is a hybrid, which is supposed to be infertile, but the Puerto Vallarta Zoo is such a "fertile" breeding ground that their program came through even in this unlikely case.

Martín, Antonio and Alfredo Castañeda Jimenez, who share the entire burden together - doing everything from construction to cage cleaning - believe that hard work and dedication, along with the zoo's state-of-the-art facilities, great veterinarians, and privileged location have contributed greatly to the success of their reproduction in captivity program.

The anniversary celebration on September 15, 2009 marks four years of the Castañeda brothers' outstanding achievements and the success of the Puerto Vallarta Zoo's reproductive program.
Located just south of Vallarta in the jungles of Mismaloya, Zoologico de Vallarta is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, call (322) 228-0501, click HERE or visit

Nacen Dos Panteras Negras en Zoológico Mexicano

Zoológico de Vallarta tiene el orgullo de anunciar el nacimiento de dos jaguares melanicos (negros) especie en peligro de extinción los cuales nacieron en perfecto estado de salud un machito y una hembrita de los cuales se a iniciado el tramite para donar la hembrita al Zoológico de la Aurora en Guatemala lugar donde están en busca de una cabe.

Recordar que el Zoológico de Vallarta desde que empezó su programa de reproducción lo hizo con el pie derecho ya que actualmente es uno de los lugares donde mas se reproducen diferentes especies en peligro de extinción.

Como dato curioso hace unas semanas nació también un burrito siciliano. Otra especie amenazada pero lo extraño del caso es que su padre es un híbrido es decir un macho (mulo) se supone que ni los machos ni las mulas pueden reproducirse pero en ese aspecto es tan fértil este zoológico que aquí si se pudo.

Este 15 de septiembre Zoológico de Vallarta celebra con estos nacimientos su cuarto año de vida abierto al publico han sido 4 años de grandes logros por tanta especie amenazada que se ha logrado reproducir con tanto éxito.

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