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Jaguar

Latin name: Panthera onca

Areas: | Nicaragua | Ecuador | Brazil | Belize |

IUCN Red List conservation status

About: Jaguar

“One of the greatest challenges facing jaguar conservation in Belize is finding solutions for the coexistence of jaguars and the communities which live in and around the jaguar’s habitat”

Lee McLoughlin

Protected Area Manager, Ya’axché Conservation Trust

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The elusive jaguar, the largest cat in the western hemisphere, once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon Basin and into Argentina. Today it has been eliminated from much of its range.

The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest.

Jaguar facts:

  • Derived from the Native American word yaguar, jaguar means “he who kills with one leap”
  • Jaguars live alone and define large territories by marking with their waste or clawing trees
  • They are tan or orange with distinctive black spots but some are so dark they appear to be spotless

High deforestation rates across Latin America and fragmentation of forest habitat is increasingly isolating today’s jaguar populations, making them more vulnerable to human persecution.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is supporting partner organisation, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust, on an important jaguar project in Belize’s Maya Golden Landscape. Ya’axché is monitoring jaguar populations and protecting their forest habitat whilst also raising awareness among local communities about this big cat.

In Brazil, FFI is working to protect important jaguar habitat in and around Cristalino State Park and is supporting the work of researchers to promote the coexistence of people and jaguars.

Download ‘People and jaguars – A Guide for Coexistence’ PDF.

The elusive jaguar is the largest cat in the western hemisphere once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon basin in Argentina. Today it has been virtually eliminated from much of its range. The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest.

Jaguar facts:

·Derived from the Native American word yaguar, jaguar means “he who kills with one leap”

·Jaguars live alone and define large territories by marking with their waste or clawing trees

·They are tan or orange with distinctive black spots but some are so dark they appear to be spotless

High deforestation rates across Latin America and fragmentation of forest habitat is increasingly isolating today’s jaguar populations making them more vulnerable to human persecution.

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The elusive jaguar is the largest cat in the western hemisphere once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon basin in Argentina. Today it has been virtually eliminated from much of its range. The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest.

Jaguar facts:

  • Derived from the Native American word yaguar, jaguar means “he who kills with one leap”
  • Jaguars live alone and define large territories by marking with their waste or clawing trees
  • They are tan or orange with distinctive black spots but some are so dark they appear to be spotless

High deforestation rates across Latin America and fragmentation of forest habitat is increasingly isolating today’s jaguar populations making them more vulnerable to human persecution.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working on two important jaguar projects in Belize’s Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and Brazil’s Cristalino State Park.

In Belize FFI has been monitoring jaguar populations and their forest habitat along with raising the awareness of local communities about this big cat.

In Brazil FFI is also monitoring the potentially high density of jaguars in Cristalino State Park and evaluating the role of social and cultural factors in human-jaguar conflicts.

tional (FFI) is working on two important jaguar projects in Belize’s Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and Brazil’s Cristalino State Park.

In Belize FFI has been monitoring jaguar populations and their forest habitat along with raising the awareness of local communities about this big cat.

In Brazil FFI is also monitoring the potentially high density of jaguars in Cristalino State Park and evaluating the role of social and cultural factors in human-jaguar conflicts.

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