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The jaguar is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere.


Jaguars are large spotted feline mammals. The Jaguar's name comes from Ancient Indian term yaguara meaning a beast that kills with one pounce.

Jaguar Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Onca

Other Names: Panther

Jaguar in Foreign Languages:

Classical Nahuatl: Ocelotl
Croatian: Jaguar
Czech: Jaguár
Dutch: Jaguar
Estonian: Jaaguar
Finnish: Jaguaari
French: Jaguar
German: Jaguar
Indonesian: Jaguar
Irish: Iaguar
Italian: Giaguaro
Mayan: B'alam
Navajo: Shádi'ááhde´e´' Náshdóítsoh Likizhígíí
Polish: Jaguar
Portuguese: Jaguar / Onça
Romanian: Jaguar
Spanish: Jaguar / Tigre / Yaguareté
Swahili: Jagwa
Turkish: Jaguar


Conservation Status:
Near Threatened / Endangered

Size: Jaguars are 3.8 to 6 feet in length, with a tail length of 18 to 30 inches. Jaguars weigh 70 to 249 pounds. Male jaguars tend to be larger than their female counterparts.

Habitat: The jaguar is very fond of water and is often found in marshlands, swamps and seasonally flooded regions. Jaguars are mostly found in the rainforests of South and Central America. Forest living jaguars will often stay close to a river or stream. Jaguars tend to prefer regions with thick lush foliage.

Description: Jaguars are big cats with strong compact, muscular body. Jaguars have a large head, broad muzzle and powerful jaws. They have spots in the rosettes on their coat. Jaguars have short and stocky limbs to help the animal to climb, swim and crawl.

Diet: Jaguars are carnivores. Jaguars feed on deer, capybara, tapirs, fish, turtles, and caimans.

Gestation: Jaguars carry their young for 3 to 3.5 months.

Did You Know?

The jaguar cat has the most powerful jaw structure of any cat.

Birth: Jaguars give birth to litters of 1 to 4. Jaguars give birth to kittens weighing 1.5 to 2 lbs.

Sexually Mature: Female jaguars reach sexual maturity at the age of two. Male jaguars sexually mature between the ages of 3 - 4.

Life Span: Jaguars live 12 to 15 years in the wild.

Did You Know?

Jaguars can mate with the other large cat species in the Panthera genus – lions, tigers and leopards.

Social Structure: Jaguars are solitary animals with distinct territories.

Jaguar Gifts




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