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#1 inyathi

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:33 PM

After starting a thread on Tapirs I noticed that there wasn’t one for their principal predator in Central and South America the majestic jaguar and thought it was time to start one as there are already threads on most of the other big cats. Sometime ago I did have ago through my jaguar photos comparing their rosette patterns to some of the jaguars in other member’s reports but didn’t find any that matched. Perhaps if enough photos are added to this thread I will have another go and actually find that others who’ve been to Brazil have in fact photographed the same jaguars that I have, or at least that the same jaguars appear in more than one report. :)

 

If you have any photos or videos of jaguars please add them to this thread.

 

The jaguar (Panthera onca) largest of the New World cats once ranged from Uruguay in the south as far north as the U.S. state of Colorado but past hunting for skins, relentless persecution by livestock farmers and major habitat destruction has severely reduced and fragmented their range. They’re now extinct in Uruguay and El Salvador and although occasional itinerant males have been seen in Arizona jaguars are no longer breeding in the USA. The barriers being put up along the US/Mexican border in the form of walls and fences to keep out two legged immigrants from Central America will obviously also keep out the four legged kind. So even if proper protection allows the population of jaguars in Sonora in the north of Mexico to expand they will not be able to recolonise the US if they can’t cross the border. It’s very unlikely that any attempt will be made to reintroduce jaguars so it will be a long time before they’re back breeding in the US if at all.

 

Interestingly if you zoom in on this Range Map there are several spots shown in Arizona you can also see just how close the most northerly Mexican population is to the border.

 

Here’s a link to the Northern Jaguar Project who are striving to protect these jaguars in Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora.

 

Jaguars are generally very elusive animals so throughout most of their range they are very difficult to see, though they are seen reasonably often in the Manu area of Peru, the Iwokrama Forest in Guyana and in the Llanos of Venezuela and very occasionally in parts of Costa Rica like Corcovado NP. 

 

There is however one area where you can be reasonably certain of seeing them, the Brazilian Pantanal specifically along the Rio Cuiaba and Rio Paraguai, if you really want to see wild jaguars then this part of Brazil has to be you’re first port of call. My report Brazil, Birds, Beasts and Big Waters along with other Brazil trip reports and the photos in this thread should show just how great this region is for Jaguar sightings.


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:39 PM

Here's a big male on a sandbank on the Rio Cuiaba near Porto Jofre in the Brazilian Pantanal photographed with a Canon EOS 50D + 100-400mm lens

 

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When he got up it became apparent that he had been radio collared


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

Another big male Jaguar on the Rio Cuiaba

 

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:36 AM

My set from 2009, Porto Joffre

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:41 AM

Large male,

3869721413_cb4cfba5c5_b.jpgMale Jaguar P1330032 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3870513742_b7db4a1052_b.jpgMale Jaguar P1330209 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3870514922_f6636cf288_b.jpgImperious looking Male Jaguar P1330244 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr
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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:46 AM

Female

3870734326_06902fd87d_b.jpgFemale Jaguar- one of three we saw that day P1340082 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3874291812_f6cf06045f_b.jpgJaguaress P1340135 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3873513961_1e765b7a40_b.jpgJaguaress P1340171 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3874312514_4ceca358b6_b.jpgJaguaress P1340193 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3873523197_f8fb0df5d1_b.jpgJaguaress P1340191 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr
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Posted 03 August 2014 - 10:50 AM

Courting couple

3873555421_2b0e58b710_b.jpgCute couple- Jaguars P1340234 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3873558395_5158243b2a_b.jpgJaguaress watching us P1340369 adj by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

3866482995_e4fd4cc55c_b.jpgJaguars in love by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 12:32 PM

Two female jaguars photographed in the Porto Jofre area in July 2013

 

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Paraguay River, July 2013

 

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A very soggy jaguar, Manu, August 2013

 

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Disappearing Jaguar, Tambopata, August 2013

 

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 03:01 PM

I was lucky enough to see six individuals last September in the Pantanal, some of them long and/or repeated sightings. Only one was too shy and too fast away to have his picture taken.
 
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Our first one, a female on Rio Paraguay. Found her 30 minutes before the end of our last boat-trip on the river in four days, so it´s an understatement to say we were happy to see her. (We had had a coldish streak, and the cats don´t like to come out to the sandbanks then.)
 
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Very big male at Corixo Negro (the Black Channel), watched him for hours before and after noon. It really was a mistake driving back to Porto Jofre for lunch. We thought he wouldn´t do anything, but actually he decided to have lunch, too - and caught himself some caiman. The bloodstains are visible in the second picture.

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Another big male, this one at Rio Cuiaba. Because of the collar I thought this could be the same one as seen by @inyathi , but no, the rosettes and spots are definitely different.

He was following this female:
 
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With this in mind:
 
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This is a smaller male, about eight years old, at the Tres Irmaos River:

 

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Damn, trying to identify jaguars is hard! I spent some time now trying to compare the different individuals on this this thread, looking for (dis-)similarities, and now I´ve got a headache. Too many rosettes and spots! :)

 

Apparently all different ones though, so it´s up to @TonyQ  and @Atdahl now to bring home some pics of the ones displayed here from their upcoming trips. No pressure, guys .... ;)
 

 


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 04:56 PM

@michael-ibk

Thank you! It is exciting seeing these - we are off in a few weeks and will be very pleased if we get sightings anything like the excellent ones on this page.


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 04:57 PM

I´m sure you will! :)

 

When are you off, and did PJ work out after all?



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 07:30 PM

@michael-ibk

In about 3 weeks time!

Yes we managed to get Hotel Poro Jofre - staying there 3 nights.


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 08:47 PM

Some older images dating back to September 2011, from the Rio Tres Irmaos and Rio Cuiaba area.

 

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Three weeks to go until I can start my next Pantanal adventure. This time it will be the southern part near Aquidauana and Campo Grande. Ocelots, pumas, jaguars, giant river otters, giant ant-eaters, plenty of bird life...


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 09:33 PM

Some great images there pme.  Enjoy your trip.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 11:27 PM

@Treepol great to see some Peruvian jaguars, thanks to everyone for their contributions, I hope over time there will be many more.

 

The same male from my last post

 

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Flehmen response, there's a female around here somewhere

 

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 05:56 AM

@TonyQ

 

Glad you got Porto Jofre, I´m sure you will love (all of) it. Looking forward to hearing all about it. :)


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:43 AM

Wow these are all beautiful pics of the Jaguar. I'd love to see them as well. Looking forward to your report @TonyQ with many images :D


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:50 PM

Another Male Jaguar on the banks of the Rio Cuiaba

 

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I wonder what tourist tastes like

 

 

 

 


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:41 AM

OMG - now I want to go to the Pantanal ........... WOW.  Awesome images, everyone ..... that's one MAJESTIC cat!!!


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:04 AM

A few more shots of the same male before he disappeared back in to the jungle.

 

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