Jaguar

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
SuborderFeliformia
FamilyFelidae
SubfamilyPantherinae
GenusPanthera
Binomial namePanthera onca

Range Map

Description

The jaguar is a large-sized feline which can be found in the southwestern regions of the United States, in Mexico and across much of Central America and South America.

Jaguars are the largest native cats species in America and the third-largest in the world. They resemble leopards with their spotted coats, but jaguars are usually larger and sturdier.

They usually weigh around 56 to 96 kilograms and might reach about 1.12 to 1.85 meters in body length. They live in tropical and subtropical forests as well as swamps and wooded regions.

These cats are solitary and use stalk-and-ambush techniques, making them a predator located near the top of the food chain. They play an important ecological role in controlling the population levels of their prey.

They are a carnivore, feeding on various types and species of animals.