Wildlife Species of the Week

Janguar (Panthera onca)

The Jaguar (Panthera onca) is a large powerful cat with the strongest bite force of all the wild cats. It is the largest Panthera native to America and third largest feline. They often live near water and are good swimmers. A jaguar’s ultra-strong jaws and teeth can bite through a crocodile skull or turtle shell, but they’ll prey on almost species they come across – including deer, armadillos, monkeys and lizards.

Though they look similar to the Leopards they are bigger and stronger than the Leopards. The rosettes present on the Jaguar are bigger and sparse (compared to Leopards). Melanistic (black) Jaguars are commonly found, and they are often called black panthers.  Unlike other cats, Jaguars sleep less on 10 hours average sleep

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. Jaguars are solitary animals and as well territorial, defining their area by marking with their waste or clawing trees.Jaguars are the top predators and crepuscular hunters in their environment, so they play an important role in controlling the populations of other species. This helps keep a balance in the food chain, and a healthy environment. By protecting jaguars and the places where they live, we’re also helping to look after other wildlife. With its forest home increasingly being destroyed, and conflict growing with farmers and ranchers, the jaguar is under serious pressure. Jaguars now occupy less than half of their historical range. They’re so elusive that we don’t know exactly how many are left in the wild – but we do know their numbers are dropping. 

Help us protect these enigmatic cats!!!