"Shadow: The Black Jaguar" is the ninth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 2, 2013. 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.
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. Afterwards, 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 afterwards, 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.
Once the four reach the other side of the river, they watch as the jaguar attacks and drags a caiman out of the water, and soon after, they follow it to its 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 at 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. At 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. Afterwards, 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.
Key facts and Creature Moments
- 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.
- The Tortuga is capable of hovering high up near the edge of Earth's atmosphere.
- Zach has always wanted to create a growth-acceleration formula, but was apparently always to distracted by the Kratt brothers.