Tue Feb 5, 2019, 02:39 PM

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Jaguar exhibit reopens at Audubon Zoo, 7 months after Valerio’s escape

By Diana Samuels, | The Times-Picayune
The jaguar exhibit has reopened at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo, about seven months after a jaguar named Valerio escaped — apparently through a small hole in the roof — and killed nine animals.

The zoo said in a news release that it went through “several months of extensive research, manufacturing and repairs” before reopening the exhibit. “In an abundance of caution,” the zoo said, the upgrades exceed standards outlined by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for jaguar habitats. The changes include new woven stainless-steel barriers, new welded panels added to the service door and rear wall of the habitat, a camera monitoring system, horticulture upgrades, and new enrichment structures.

“We’ve gone above and beyond safety protocols for the habitat and are confident our Zoo is a safe place for our guests to come visit,” Joel Hamilton, Audubon Zoo vice president and general curator, said in a statement.
Valerio, currently the zoo’s only jaguar after female jaguar Ix Chel died in September at age 21, has been living behind the scenes at the zoo since his July 15 escape. The zoo said he’s had “the highest level of care,” including training and enrichment like puzzle feeders and hanging toys.

Valerio killed five alpacas, three foxes and an emu during his deadly rampage. Zoo officials believe that he escaped after biting an 8-by-10-inch hole in stainless steel mesh, which zoo officials have emphasized met the standards for jaguar care.

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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 03:35 PM

1. valerio is a cat

and evidently a smart one.

my bet is that he finds a way back to the alpaca house.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2019, 09:35 PM

2. To contain something, concrete walls will not work, right?

Doesn't it take technology?

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