jaguar cubs' birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith of rowntreestudio.com

The cubs stroll in and check out their Happy Birthday sign.

Yesterday Woodland Park Zoo celebrated the jaguar triplets’ first birthday in fine style. They were given beautiful handmade papier-mache turtles scented with their favorite things. I’ve taken a pile of pictures of Arizona, Inka and Kuwan, so I’m going to share just a few here.

Thank you to all the zoo staff and volunteers that made this event happen and who care for these entrancing animals!

jaguar cub birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com

The siblings stroll into their newly decorated exhibit.

jaguar cub birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com

Those turtles sure smell interesting! They were treated with spices and perfume.

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r smith rowntreestudio.com

My house cat gets this look on his face when he’s playing, too.

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com

Just look at those beauties!

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com

Taking a break from the cardboard carnage.

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com

The best present is one your sibling is already opening.

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com

Hello, gorgeous!

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth r. smith rowntreestudio.com

Om nom nom nom!

jaguar birthday at WPZ by elizabeth R. smith rowntreestudio.com

Two-and-a-half hours in, the cubs are ready to take a break.

Thanks for taking a look! The cubs are full grown and will soon be moving off to other zoos. Kuwan, the male, will be going up to Canada, and as far as I know destinations are still being worked out for the sisters. I’m sure they’ll be loved wherever they go. We’ll miss all of the cubs! It was wonderful to have this chance to celebrate with them.

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