The Threatened Americas
The Jaguar(Panthera Onca)
Description and Habitat
- Habitat: Needs water supply, dense cover, and sufficient prey in order to support a healthy population of Jaguars(ADW)
- Historic home range: from southwestern US through the Amazon basin to the Rio Negro in Argentina (IUCN)
- Largest cat in the Americas
- Physical description: shoulder width 75 cm, Body length 150-180 cm, and can weigh between 68-136 kilograms. The Jaguar was not built for speed, but for power.
- The Jaguar's pelt can range from pale yellow, reddish brown, and black( also known as the panther).(ADW)
- The Jaguar is a predator and a carnivore
- Diet: prefers large animals like deer. Other prey include turtles, snake, fish, large birds, and many other animals.
- Strategy: Jaguars usually kill their prey with one pounce with a swift bite of the neck, suffocating, or piercing their target's skull with their canines. Then they drag their target into a secluded spot and eat them there.(ADW)
- Hunting: Since the Jaguar usually kills its prey by a single blow to the skull, its large head and powerful jaws help it do that
- Protection: Its patterned pelt helps in blend in with its surroundings (ADW)
Reasons for Endangerment
- Hunted by humans for their pelts.
- The hunting of farm animals have caused many farmers to consider them as pests. Many Jaguars die by the hands of the farmer and gun. (IUCN)
- Jaguars are fully protected and hunting them has been made illegal in many countries.
- Although hunting has been made illegal, many products made from Jaguar are still in demand
- Near Threatened (IUCN)
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