The jaguar is a large, fierce cat related to lions and tigers.

With its yellow coat marked with many dark spots, the jaguar looks very much like the leopard of Asia and Africa, but the jaguar is heavier.

Jaguars live in the jungles of Central America and South America.  The jaguar can also be found in Mexico, where it is known as “el tigre” (the tiger).

A male jaguar may grow to be nearly 8 feet long including its 2 ½ foot tall and may weigh up to 300 pounds.

It is powerful and fast enough to capture such animals as wild pigs, cattle and alligators.  It is capable of attacking a man—if it is hungry enough.

The jaguar is a good trees climber and likes to lie on tree branches and leap upon its prey. It is also an expert at catching turtles and fish, which it scoops out of the water with its paw. The jaguar’s loud, deep roar is like that of the lion and the tiger. – Dick Rogers