Latin name : Panthera onca
A Furtive Hunter!
- The jaguar is a master in the art of camouflage. Indeed, its irregular spots provide it with a unique hiding tool in the dense tropical forests.
- It is one of the rare felines, along with the tiger, to voluntarily enter water in order to hunt, travel, or to cool itself. It is an excellent swimmer; it can swim across a river several kilometers wide.
- The jaguar was very present in the spiritual lives of Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs. The Mayans saw in this animal a god that helped the sun travel underground during the night and ensured its rising the next morning.
- Its name comes from the term "jaguara", of aboriginal origin (Tupi-Guarani) which means "the carnivore that can catch a prey in one leap".
- The high level of deforestation in Latin America, as well as conflicts between humans, are among the threats to the jaguar.
Distribution South America
Habitat Forêts et savanes tropicales
Status Near threatened
Zoo Zone Temple