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Unformatted text preview: Jaguar (Panthera onca) Description: The jaguar is the only member of the genus Panthera (big cats) to be found in the Americas where it is considered the New World equivalent of the leopard. Its coat is basically yellowish-brown but can vary from almost white to black. Its back is marked with dark rosettes and the lower part of the tail is ringed with black. Jaguars weigh anywhere from 90-120 kg (males) and 60-90 kg (females). Range: Historically, jaguar ranged from the southern United States through Central America to Venezuela, the Guianas, and Brazil. The former United States distribution included southern California, New Mexico, southern Arizona, Texas, and possibly Louisiana and Colorado. Unfortunately, the jaguar is now extinct in Uruguay and virtually extinct in the United States, most of Mexico and Argentina, and the developed areas of...
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- Spring '07