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"Shadow: The Black Jaguar" is the ninth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 2, 2013.[1] Overall, it is the 49th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt. On April 9, 2013, "Shadow: The Black Jaguar" was first released on DVD as part of Wild Kratts: Rainforest Rescue.[2]

In this episode, the Wild Kratts receive a distress call from a Wild Kratts kid in Central America, who found out that inventor Zach Varmitech is plotting to use a black jaguar in one of his schemes.


The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers are looking for jaguars, but at this time, they are unable to find a single one. Afterward, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.

As the Wild Kratts' Tortuga flies in the Earth's atmosphere, the Kratt brothers are wondering where to head to for their next adventure, which they narrow down to a wildcat-themed one. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech is spying on them via one of his Zachbots. Zach plots to find a wild cat that would make a good symbol for his new Spybots, which turns out to be a black jaguar. He takes his jet down to the lowland tropical rainforests of Central America and dispatches his Zachbots. Wild Kratts kid Nina finds out, and she calls the Wild Kratts. The Kratt brothers finalize on a jaguar-themed adventure. Jimmy lands the Tortuga in Central America after Martin tricked him into taking them there. Knowing that jaguars are very difficult to find, the Kratt brothers, Aviva, and Nina decide to search for jaguar prey. Not long after, they find one, and afterward, they follow it to the river bank and see it swim to the other side. To catch up, Martin, with the press of a button, unveils a water raft. However, he forgot the paddles

Once Martin pushed the raft to the other side of the river, the jaguar looked as if she was going to pounce on the raft, only for her to jump back into the water near the raft where the others see her attacking a caiman. Aviva was amazed but wasn't able to see them anymore. Nina asked Martin if the jaguar always wins, Martin replies that they win most of the time, and Chris adds that they never know. Nina then sees the jaguar drag the caiman out of the water, Chris states that this was a never before seen moment and Martin thinks that it happens every day somewhere down here, though Chris never saw it. Martin states that he didn't either and you rarely see the jaguar hunt, even though they hunt just about everything in the forest. He shows several of the animals that the jaguar hunts as he and Chris name them: spider monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, anteaters, sloths, and armadillo. Chris concludes that they can sneak up on just about every creature they can catch. Aviva then tells them that the jaguar was sneaking away from them, so Martin continues to paddle the others towards the shore.

Soon, the group follows the jaguar to her den. The Kratt brothers miniaturize and enter, where they find a black jaguar kitten, which Martin names Shadow. The Kratt brothers and Shadow exit the den, but then, Zachbots arrive and take Shadow. Martin throws a pebble, distracting the Zachbot holding Shadow, which crashes into a tree. Shadow falls into Aviva's hands; however, another Zachbot seizes Aviva by her foot. The Zachbot shakes Aviva, causing her to drop Shadow into the claw arms of another Zachbot, which then releases Aviva. After returning to normal size, the Kratt brothers activate their Spider Monkey Creature Power Suits and pursue the Zachbots, but soon after, the Zachbots throw the Kratt brothers down. Aviva then gives Jaguar Discs to them. The Kratt brothers touch a jaguar and activate their Creature Power Suits. Chris immediately gets black fur, but Martin had to reactivate several times to do so. They enter Zach's jet just before it takes off. Once inside, they grab Shadow while Zach was distracted. In the end, the Kratt brothers reunite Shadow with his mother.

The show transitions into the ending live action segment. The Kratt brothers still have not found a jaguar. Instead, they set up a motion-sensing camera in a cave. Afterward, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!" At the very end, the camera takes a picture of a jaguar.





Note: Featured animals are in bold.

Live Action Images

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.


Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.

Live Action

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.


  • The Tortuga is capable of hovering high up near the edge of Earth's atmosphere.
  • The image of the snow leopard was reused from the Kratt brothers' previous PBS Kids show Zoboomafoo.
  • Zach has always wanted to create a growth-acceleration formula but was apparently always too distracted by the Kratt brothers.

Key Facts and Creature Moments

  • There are 36 different species of wildcats on the planet.
  • Jaguars hunt just about every rain forest animal they can sneak up on and catch.
  • Approximately one out of every sixteen jaguars have black fur.
  • A jaguar hunting a caiman.
  • The first emergence of a black jaguar cub from the den.


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  1. "Wild Kratts - Shadow: The Black Jaguar." KET. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. "Wild Kratts: Rainforest Rescue (2013)." Retrieved January 21, 2015.
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