Western's Largest- Did You Know?
Many know that they jaguar is the third largest cat in the world, after the tiger and lion. But, did you know that the jaguar is the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere, which makes up North, Central and South America? They are mostly found within the Amazon Basin. The only other large cat that roams these areas is the puma. Although these cats are found in the same area they tend to leave each other alone. The jaguar is stronger and larger than the puma, which is all the puma needs to know to stay away. As one of the top carnivore apex predators the jaguar helps maintain biodiversity and assist in regulating prey population numbers. These cats can weigh between 100 to 250 pounds. They can reach lengths from 4 to 6 feet, not including their tail which can add an additional 2 feet.
Celebrate World Jaguar Day on April 10th!