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Facts about Jaguars

Jaguars are the largest of South America's big cats. They once roamed from the southern tip of that continent north to the region surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. Today significant numbers of jaguars are found only in remote regions of South and Central America—particularly in the Amazon Basin.

Jaguars are ambush predators that kill their victims using the element of surprise. They will pierce the skull of an animal and kill it with a single bite. They can eat 85 different types of animals. Fish, caimans, capybaras, peccaries, tapirs...are usually on the jaguar's menu.

15,000 jaguars

Jaguar: (Scientific name: Panthera onca) Jaguars' markings also include rosetted dots but they sometimes have spots in the center as well as a darker, thicker outline. Typically, there are larger rosettes in smaller numbers on this species.Feb 12, 2018

Color morphism occurs in the species. A near-black melanistic form occurs regularly. Jaguars with melanism appear entirely black, although their spots are still visible on close examination. ... Extremely rare albino individuals, sometimes called white panthers, also occur among jaguars, as with the other big cats.

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