The third largest cat in the world (after tigers and lions), Jaguars are considered Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. They are the largest feline in the western hemisphere. Males can reach up to 300 pounds in the Pantanal region of Brazil, but are more commonly 250 pounds, with females about 200 pounds. Jaguars in northern Mexico are only about 150 pounds for males, 100 for females. Jaguars used to be found in the southern United States but are considered extinct here now; a male occasionally crosses over from Mexico, but there is no breeding population. The last wild Jaguar recorded in California was shot in the late 1800's. Jaguars are larger and stronger than their relative the leopard. Theirrosettes are larger and set farther apart, with enclosed spots. They are much more muscular, in particular in the neck and jaw region. Jaguars are one of a handful of feline species that love the water.
In many areas they are declining or near extinction, and overall they are close to Vulnerable status. They face extirpation at the hands of local cattle ranchers, fragmentation of forest habitats, deforestation rates of up to 15%, and competition with humans for prey.
Born: June Arrived at EFBC:October 2018 from Bearizona
Favorite Enrichment:Carboard boxes, large boomerballs