Meet a Cross-Border Cat—Jaguar

Panthera onca, known as the jaguar, is the largest cat in the Americas.  Revered in many cultures and religions, these powerful animals are the top predator in their environment. Their distinctive rosette spots is what makes the jaguar unique. Because of their spotted coat, they are Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List.  However, persecution to protect livestock and loss of habitat is also causing their decline. 

Jaguar Facts:

  • Males can be up to 220 pounds 
  • They often kill prey by biting through the skull
  • Preferred prey are peccaries and deer
  • They are good swimmers 


Jaguar Fact Sources:

National Geographic

Animal Diversity Web

IUCN Red List