Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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Jaguar
Jaguar

Scientific Name: Panthera onca

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • Jaguars can grow to 2.7m (9 feet) long and 160kg (350lbs), and are the largest Armerican felines.
  • The jaguars' name comes from the Indian word "yaguar", meaning “he who kills with one leap.”
  • Jaguars are one of the few cats known to enjoy water.
  • Jaguars jaws are so powerful that they can bite through a turtle's shell, or in captivity leave dents in a bowling ball.