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Jaguars are the largest cats in the western hemisphere, and the third largest overall; only lions and tigers are bigger. Jaguars and leopards look similar, but you can tell them apart if you look closely. Jaguars are larger and have shorter, thicker tails. They often have spots inside each rosette which leopards lack.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Panthera onca


Remote regions of South and Central America, particularly in the Amazon basin. Small numbers are still present in North America.

Location in the Zoo

Near cougars and tigers

Cool Animal Fact

Jaguars live alone and define territories of many square miles by marking with their waste or clawing trees.