The Secret World of Jaguars is Riveting Stuff

Posted: November 29, 2017 in Animals, Great Photographs, Interesting Photos, Nature, Things I Love

I recently read an article in Nat Geo entitled Inside the Hidden World of Jaguars that was absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend it. Anyway, here are some of the facts contained within. Good stuff.

  • The Jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas, and the 3rd largest in the world behind lions and tigers.
  • The name jaguar comes from the Native American word yaguar, which means “he who kills with one leap.” Awesome.
  • Jaguars can live to be 12 to 15 years old in the wild.
  • Jaguars can grow to nearly 8-feet in length.
  • Jaguars are at home in rivers, on jungle ground, and in trees. They love to swim.
  • Jaguars eyes have night-vision retinas. That’s badass.
  • Jaguars have the most powerful bite, relative to their size, among the big cats.
  • Uniquely among the big cats, Jaguars bite the skulls rather than the throats of their prey, piercing the brain and causing instant death. Also badass.
  • The Jaguar population is declining rapidly.
  • Bi-national conservation efforts have been successful at protecting a small population of 80 to 120 Jaguars in the remote mountains of Sonora, Mexico bordering Arizona. This population is the largest of three known to remain in Sonora, and is the last hope for recovery in the United States.
  • The Jaguar once roamed from Argentina in South America all the way up to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. There have actually been sporadic sightings in Arizona in recent years.
  • Jaguars have one of the loudest roars in nature.
  • Jaguars are solitary animals. Males defend a range of up to 60-miles and only come together with females to mate.
  • The Jaguar has one predator – humans.

For your perusal, here’s a gallery of the awesome Jaguar. Enjoy.

[click photo for the awesomeness]


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