Journeying with the jaguar (120 out of 365) #blogaday

Made it to 120 days of straight blogging!

I am very interested in having a safari theme in my future classroom 🙂 and this blog will be fun to show ancestral animals from safari! I liked this post because it is about the jaguar’s predecessor, which is interesting to me.


Unless you know your big cats particularly well, it can be difficult to separate the leopard (Panthera pardus) and the jaguar (Panthera onca). Both are large, lithe animals with black rosettes on a yellowish background coat. Put them beside each other and it can be difficult to say which is which. In the wild it’s much easier- the leopard is only found in the old world, and the jaguar in the new world (particularly South America). There are some other subtle clues: the jaguar tends to have rosettes with central spots, while the leopard does not. The jaguar is a more powerful cat than the leopard, known to hunt capybara and kill them by penetrating the skull with their canine teeth. Perhaps paradoxically there have been only a handful of recorded fatal encounters between humans and jaguars in all of recorded history, while the leopard is…

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