The Oklahoma City Zoo has added two new babies to its animal kingdom.

A jaguar cub named Xochiquetzal, nicknamed Xochi (pronounced zoh-she) and a giraffe calf, Keyara (key-aura) whose name is African for "beautiful river" can now be seen by zoo visitors.

Xochi, a female, was born Aug. 26, 2009, to mom Ixchel (pronounced ick-shell) and dad Tai (pronounced tie). This was the first offspring for both parents and the first jaguar cub born at the Zoo since 1979. The birth marked the eighth jaguar birth in zoo history. Xochi follows her mother in the Cat Forest.

"We are very excited about this new addition to our zoo family, the first jaguar birth here in 30 years," said Mammal Curator Laura Bottaro. "This rare and beautiful cat is endangered and we are thrilled to be able to support the Jaguar Species Survival Plan and further the species."

The Zoo works with accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain healthy, genetically diverse and demographically stable populations of threatened or endangered species like jaguars.

The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas and can weigh up to 340 pounds. Most have a yellowish coat, white underbelly and black spots, although black jaguars are not uncommon. Built for power, this cat also exhibits a stealthy grace when slinking through the forest, Bottaro said. Primarily solitary animals, jaguars come together for mating and have litters of four or fewer cubs.

The species lives mainly in South and Central America in grasslands, rainforests and along beaches. The last jaguars in the United States were eliminated around 1900, although as recently as 2009 the cats have been spotted in Arizona.

On Jan. 17, female giraffe Keyara was born to first-time parents Ellie and Bogy. This is the first giraffe birth at the zoo in 10 years. Proud dad, Bogy was the last calf to be born at the zoo May 20, 2000.

Keyara can be found in the giraffe yard.

The tallest animal on earth, giraffes can grow to stand 19 feet and weigh more than 3,000 pounds. Giraffes are best known for their long necks, which have only seven vertebrae -- similar to a human's neck.

In the wild, giraffes can be found living in loose open herds in the savannas of Africa. Their pale buff coats are boldly marked with irregular chestnut or dark brown blotches which help to camouflage them in their surroundings. In addition, giraffe markings are unique with no two animals displaying the same pattern.

During inclement weather, both animals may not be available for public viewing.

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