• Status
    Near Threatened
  • Scientific Name
    Panthera onca
  • Length
    Up to 6 ft.
  • Habitats
    Forests, Grasslands

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. Hunting and habitat loss due to deforestation continue to threaten the survival of these marvelous cats. WWF has worked with the government of Brazil to successfully protect large blocks of Amazon forest for the jaguar. In Peru, WWF continues to track jaguars to learn more about their habitat requirements.

5 forest-dwelling wildlife species we love

Celebrating World Wildlife Day with 5 of our favorite wildlife species living in forest habitats around the world.

An adult jaguar laying on a thick brown tree branch in the jungle with green foliage in the background and brown reeds hanging in front

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