As the largest cat across South and Central America, the jaguar is a skilful hunter which inhabits rainforest and wetland regions. The jaguar is similar in appearance to the leopard, however there is a distinguishing feature which sets them apart – jaguars have spots that resemble roses with dots in the centre (leopards have a rosette pattern without the spots).
Relative to its size, the jaguar is said to have the most powerful bite of all the big cats. With a stocky body and strong jaw, jaguars are opportunistic and prey on a wide variety of species. They have even been known to stalk and kill caiman.
Deforestation has taken its toll on jaguar numbers; the destruction of their forest habitats has forced jaguars into conflict with humans over livestock, with retaliatory killings happening more often.
Help protect jaguars in the wild with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
Jaguar numbers are believed to have suffered a 20-25% decline over the last three generations. according to the IUCN’s Red List. The threats facing this animal continue to intensify, with populations becoming more fragmented across an ever decreasing range.30% decline in numbers over recent years
As forest habitats are cleared for mining, agricultural and logging use, jaguars are becoming increasingly isolated. This makes the possibility of local extinctions more likely and the instances of conflict with humans more frequent. Reliant on a sufficient prey base, jaguars are more likely to turn to cattle when food is scarce which can lead to retaliatory killings.
Demand still exists for jaguar fur, teeth, paws and bones, and illegal hunting is a threat to jaguar survival. This species needs protection more than ever.
Funds from your adoption will support Jaguars in the Fringe, a project working to protect the vanishing jaguars in the Yungas, a narrow band of forest stretching from the Andes to northern Argentina.
The project aims to secure the future expansion of the jaguar’s range and re-establish populations that have disappeared. You can help protect wild jaguars by adopting the Jaguar Family below.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Secure the survival of the species in north west Argentina
Help recolonise other habitats where jaguars used to live
Prevent further loss of habitat wherever possible
Change attitudes to jaguars amongst local communities to prevent conflict killings
Promote the recovery of wild prey populations
Work with governments to change and implement legislation around poaching
Conduct surveys to monitor population numbers and distribution for future conservation
The Jaguar Family lives in the Yungas, a threatened area of thick forest in north west Argentina. They are monitored by the Born Free-supported Jaguars in the Fringe.
This project works to protect the declining jaguars in Argentina by reducing habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation, enabling prey base recovery and reducing retaliatory killings.
Help us safeguard wild jaguars.
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Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
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