Photo: Oaxaca Jaguar Tree
Jaguar = a large heavily built cat that has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots, found mainly in the dense forests of Central and South America
The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a mammal of the Felidae family and is the most powerful feline in the Americas. It is one of four ‘big cats’ in the Panthera genus, along with the tiger, the lion and the leopard of the Old World.
The jaguar’s present range extends from Mexico (with occasional sightings in the southwestern United States) across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Habitat destruction is probably the greatest threat for the conservation of the jaguar. Conservationists propose that this species can be the cornerstone for conservation plans on a region or national scale, because they are already widely distributed and require large areas to survive and inhabit a great variety of ecosystems.
Defending the Land of the Jaguar: Natural History of Mexico, University of Texas Press, 1995, by Lane Simonian
– Kudos to author Lane Simonian for producing the definitive English-language account of Mexican environmental history. This book traces the history of conservation and environmentalism in Mexico from the pre-Conquest era to roughly 1992 and the NAFTA debates. Published the National Institutute of Ecology — La Defensa de la Tierra del Jaguar. Download: centro.paot.org.mx