Fun Facts

The jaguar is the largest and most robust of

the spotted American cats.

Large males may grow

as long as seven feet and weigh up to 200 pounds.

Seldom venturing into the high, cooler inland

areas, El tigre inhabits the dense chaparral and

timbered areas of the New World Tropics.

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Causes or Threats of endangernent

Habitat loss

retaliatory killing

Populations have been greatly reduced in areas where humans have settled.

The jaguar is endangered because it is hunted for its fur, and farmers kill the jaguar because it killed their cattle.

solutions to their endangerment

international trade in jaguars or their parts is prohibited

All hunting of jaguars is prohibited in Argentina, Belize, Colombia, French Guiana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, the United States (where it is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act), Uruguay and Venezuela.

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  • Wildlife, Texas Parks And. CATS of TEXAS (n.d.): n. pag. Web.