The jaguar is a large cat found in the Amazon. They are renowned for their distinctive and beautiful fur coat, which is a golden bronze in color with black spots laid about. Jaguars are exceptionally strong swimmers and climbers, and need large areas of tropical rainforest and stretches of riverbank to survive. Illegal hunting and habitat loss due to deforestation continues to be a very real threat for the jaguar.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Jaguars are the biggest cats in the Americas and the third largest cats in the world.
- Jaguars are known to eat deer, peccary, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, sloths, tapirs, turtles, eggs, frogs, fish, and anything else they can catch.
- At best, only an estimated 15,000 jaguars remain in the wild.
- The IUCN has classified the jaguar as near threatened.
- The jaguar's scientific name is Panthera onca.