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Transcript of Jaguar
Southern US – Northern Argentina
Biggest Cat in Western Hemisphere
3rd biggest in world
Equilibrial, “K” species
Maturity after 2 years
Up to 4 cubs
Life span – 12-15 years Basic Info Ecological Role Apex Predator / Keystone Species:
Maintains structure in forests
Without Jaguar – mid-sized prey dramatically increases
Sympatric with the Cougar
Jaguar – Large prey
Cougar – Small prey Without the Jaguar Small and large prey population will increase
Eventually overflow carrying capacity
Cougar will suffer
Depends on Jaguar to control large prey
Rainforest habitats will suffer Variation 5 geographical species of Jaguar
Central American Jaguar
Goldman’s Jaguar (Yucatan Peninsula – Guatemala)