Quick Facts
Native to Southern Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama, El Salvador, Uraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Surinam, and French Guyana
Primary Diet Deer, wild pigs, tapirs, capybara, fish, and even tortoises and small alligators
Adult Weight Males 120 to 350 pounds; Females 80-190 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 16 years
Status Near Threatened


“Jaguar” comes from the native Indian name ‘yaguara,’ meaning ‘a beast that kills its prey with one bound.’ Jaguars are often found near water.  They are good swimmers and frequently hunt near bodies of water.


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