The jaguar is one of the most majestic and mysterious
animals in nature. Its beautiful spotted fur coat once
was a sought-after commodity for the fashion industry.
The jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and
powerful jaws. It is the largest cat in the Americas. 

The jaguar measures five to six feet from its nose to the
tip of its tail and weighs 140 to 220 pounds (females are
slightly smaller). 

Only an estimated 15,000 jaguars remain in the wild. 

Wild jaguars can live between 12 and 16 years. 

Found mainly in Central and South America some continue to survive in Mexico. Two confirmed sightings of male jaguars occurred in 1996 in Arizona and New Mexico about ten miles north of the Mexico border. 

Although they prefer thick forest or swamps with good cover and water access, jaguars have been known to hunt in arid, open areas. 

The jaguar prey base is diverse, including such species as peccaries (wild pigs), capybaras (large rodents), deer, sloths, caymans, tapirs, freshwater fish and smaller animals. They occasionally prey on domestic livestock. 

The South American name jaguara is said to mean "carnivore that overcomes prey with a single bound." Jaguars stalk and ambush their prey, often dragging carcasses to safe locations some distance away before eating. They swim and climb very well. Jaguars do not roar but snarl and growl. They are solitary animals, denning in caves and canyons close to a source of freshwater. 

The average litter size is one to four cubs. Cubs remain with the mother for two years. 

Jaguars continue to be threatened by hunting, but their populations are suffering chiefly from habitat loss and fragmentation. 

*CITES Appendix I, Endangered Species Act 

*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international treaty with more than 144 member countries. Appendix I listed species cannot be traded commercially. Appendix II listed species can be traded commercially only if trade does not harm their survival. 
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