Temple of the Jaguar

Jaguar

Jaguar, Panthera onca

Visitors at the DWA often refer to “Pintada”, the resident Jaguar, as a “cheetah” or “leopard”. Of these three cats, only Jaguars have spots inside spots. They are also bigger, some weighing over 300 pounds (tigers and lions are the only bigger cats). Jaguars have a much stockier build and are excellent swimmers. They have massive jaws, with twice the biting power of a lion. They live alone, except when a female raises cubs. Found from Arizona to Argentina, they are endangered, due to hunting for their pelts and habitat loss. They often live 20 years in zoos.

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