The Jaguar is the third largest cat in the world with males reaching up to 100kg. Although similar to leopards of Africa and Asia, Jaguars have larger heads and shorter limbs.
Opportunistic predators, they stalk and ambush animals from river turtles to growing tapirs. They are also known to eat crocodiles, monkeys, snakes, deer, sloths, turtles and fish.
The spotted cats live in a wide variety of habitats, including rainforests, forests, mountain scrub areas and swamps.
The Jaguar can be found in south-western United States, Mexico, across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
The Jaguar is a near threatened species; cattle ranching and loss of habitat have decreased their numbers. An estimated 15,000 jaguars remain in the wild.