Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Jaguars -- Big Cat Predators of the Amazon River Basin

Introduction :

Jaguars are Big Cat Predators that are native to South America specially in the Amazon River Basin. They can be found in fair numbers in Brazil's Pantanal Region.

The Pantanal Region is a Bio-Diverse Stunning Tropical Wetland that covers a large part of the Amazon River and its tributaries. Jaguars are the main Big Cat Predators in this region.

They are the most aquatic of all Big Cat Predators that survive in the world today. They are known to swim across large stretches of the Amazon River and its Tributaries.

Eating Habits :

Jaguars eat a wide variety of Prey that are found in the Amazon River Basin. Their Chief Prey is a Rodent Like Animal known as the "Capybara". Capybaras are found in large numbers throughout the Pantanal Region that extends from Brazil to Bolivia.

Breeding Behaviour and Habitat Conservation :

Jaguar's breeding behaviour is believed to be seasonal. Males and Females meet one another of the opposite sex during seasonal changes in their territories.

The normal size of a Jaguar Litter is normally 3 -4 Cubs at the most. Cubs gain independence after a 2 year stay with their Mother.

The Habitat of Wild Jaguars is mostly Wet Tropical Land in the Amazon Forest River Basin and Dry Savannah Woodland in other parts of South America.

Conclusion :

It is of utmost importance to stop the Hunting of Jaguars by Livestock Herders.

This is because Jaguars are the "Apex Predators" of the Amazon River Basin and help to maintain a Fine Balance between themselves and Herbivorous Fauna.

Moreover, Jaguars are one of the few Big Cat Predators that do not prey on Humans. Their Habitat needs to be saved from Livestock Herders as well as them too.

Credits and References :

1. On the Trail of Brazil's Most Elusive Predators
    By Sarah Marshall, Travel Writer
    14 September 2016
    Courtesy : The Telegraph

2. Jaguar Spotting in Brazil : Gorgeous Cats among the many creatures found in Vast Pantanal Wetlands
By Anita Den Dikken
Postmedia News
July 7, 2016




 

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