For those that read and/or visit my blog often, you know how much I like tigers. The jaguar comes in at a close second to the tiger! This spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build and its behavioural and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger.
Like most cats, the jaguar is solitary outside mother-cub groups. The jaguar’s present range extends from the Southern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
The jaguar is a stalk-and-ambush rather than a chase predator. The cat will walk slowly down forest paths, listening for and stalking prey before rushing or ambushing. On killing prey, the jaguar will drag the carcass to a thicket or other secluded spot.
Jaguar’s are a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. Threats include loss and fragmentation of habitat. While international trade in jaguars or their parts is prohibited, the cat is still frequently killed by humans, particularly in conflicts with ranchers and farmers in South America.
I hope you enjoy the photos of this exotic animal. Have a great day!
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