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|Scientific name:||Panthera onca|
|Conservation status:||Near Threatened (Decreasing populations)|
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years (In the wild)|
|Mass:||Adults 56 – 96 kg|
More about Jaguars Jaguars have long occupied an important place in human cultures. Indigenous communities across the hemisphere have revered the cat as a symbol of spiritual power. Shorter and more compact than other cats, this creature is a skilled predator that will hunt from trees and in the water as well as on land.
Jaguar Facts & Tidbits
Historically, these cats lived from southwestern U.S. through all of Central America and most of South America, reaching as far as southern Argentina.
They currently occupy only about 60 percent of their historic range and are considered extinct in El Salvador and Uruguay. Jaguars still live in Mexico though in a much smaller area and are rarely found in the U.S.
IUCN Status: Near Threatened / Population Trend: Decreasing
In addition to the threats currently facing these cats, their numbers were reduced from intense hunting during the 1960’s and 1970’s with up to 18,000 killed per year. This threat was halted when in 1973 when the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) made the trade in their pelts illegal.