Food Chain and Habitat
- Hindlimbs that are longer than the forelimbs to improve jumping
- A rough tongue designed to peel skin away from flesh and flesh away from bones
- Long, retractile claws to help grab and hold prey
- loose belly skin that can be kicked by prey with unlikely chance of being injured
Reasons for Endangerment & Critical Information
The jaguar is endangered because it's hunted for its fur, and farmers kill jaguars because they killed their cattle. Jaguars are known to be so destructive of cattle and horses that the larger Mexican ranches have a 'tiger hunter' to kill or at least drive them away. Poaching jaguars is still a problem, since there's a large demand for their coats. Today, there's still poaching, but not nearly as common as before. Prized furs, such as leopard, cheetah, or jaguar fur is no longer allowed in the countries they're indigenous to, and many other countries forbid their importation. The Federal Endangerment Species Act forbids the importation and sale of these furs in the United States. There are also special laws that protect certain North American species enforced in the United States and Canada, and wildlife refugees have been set up to protect jaguars.