- also called el tigre or tigre Americano
- largest New World member of the cat family, once found from
the U.S.-Mexican border southward to Patagonia, Argentina. Its
preferred habitats are usually swamps and wooded regions, but jaguars
also live in scrublands and deserts. The jaguar
is virtually extinct in the northern part of its original range and
survives in reduced numbers only in remote areas of Central and South
America; the largest known population exists in the Amazon rainforest.
jaguar is grouped along with lions and tigers with the big, or
roaring, cats and is the only such cat in the Western Hemisphere. The
jaguar's sound repertoire includes snarls, growls, and deep, hoarse
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