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Jaguar
(Panthera onca)
sign The third largest cat in the world (after tigers and lions), and the largest western hemisphere cat. 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 Maxico, but there is no breeding population. The last wild one recorded in California was shot in the late 1800's. Subspeciation in jaguars is under debate; all captive jaguars are currently managed as one meta-population. They look like a larger, stronger cousin of the leopard. Their rosettes are larger and set farther apart, with enclosed spots more common than in the leopard. They are much more muscular, in particular in the neck region. They are one of only a few cats that enjoy water. In many areas they are declining or near extinction, however they are listed as Near Threatened because of the large numbers surviving in the Amazon basin rainforests. Overall they are close to Vulnerable status, with three potential subspecies being in worse shape. 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.
Jaguars at EFBC/FCC
annie
Annie
Daughter of Twilight and Jesse, born here 19 April 1998. Handraised, born via C-section. More Photos:
Births 1998
cisco
Cisco
Son of Twilight and Jesse, born here 19 April 1998. Handraised, born via C-section. A spotted jaguar like his father, his brother Doc being black causes people to think they're not related. Photo history at Births 1998
doc
Doc
Son of Twilight and Jesse, born here 19 April 1998. Handraised, born via C-section. A black jaguar like his mother, you can see his spots in the sunlight. Photo history at Births 1998
nacon
Nacon
Male, arrived 24 July 03, born 20 May 02 at Audubon Zoo. Brought here to be paired with Annie, father to 5 cubs (through 2010). More photos
Arrivals 2003
poncho
Poncho
Son of Annie and Nacon, born here 3 June 2005. Mother-raised. Photo history at Births 2005
rosa
Rosa
Daughter of Annie and Nacon, born here 3 June 2005. Mother-raised, shier than her brother. Photo history at Births 2005

Video/sounds of our jaguars