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Jaguar

Facts

  • 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.

Jaguar: the amazing Amazon big cat

Considered a protector and symbol of power, jaguars personify the mysterious beauty of the Amazon. This iconic species plays a vital role in its habitat by controlling other species’ populations and helping maintain a healthy ecosystem. 

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