Jaguar (Panthera onca)
The Jaguar is a large tan cat with black spots and rings. Some Jaguars are all black. Jaguars are similar in appearance to leopards but are stockier and have a larger head.
Length: 1.2m. Height 0.8m - 1.0m . Tail length: 50cm - 75cm. Weight: 30kg - 150kg.
dense rainforest, coastal forest, scrubland, open country with cover
medium to large mammals e.g deer, peccaries. Also feeds on fish, frogs, reptiles.
A litter of 1-4 cubs are born after gestation of 93 - 110 days. The cubs remain in the cover of the den for the first 2 weeks. They learn to hunt after about 6 months, and live with their mother for up to two years.
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela.
The conservation status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".
Jaguar, Chester Zoo.
Photograph by Chester Zoo. Some rights reserved.
Photograph by Ron Singer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. License: Public Domain.