Since July 2017, the largest cat of the Americas has been spotted twice by two lucky groups of travelers visiting Napo Wildlife Center and Napo Cultural Center ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. One of our naturalist guides, who had the opportunity to share this great moment, reported to see it from a dugout canoe while paddling along Añangu stream. “It is the best experience one can have at Yasuni National Park, because the thick forest usually does not allow us to see them as in other ecosystems like the Savanna”. This top-level carnivore appeared to have a new-born cub, therefore it was searching for food around the Añangu territory and nearby Tiputini area.
“Jaguars are solitary animals who live and hunt alone, except during mating season. The male’s home range is between 19 and 53 square miles and often overlaps with the smaller home ranges of multiple females. A male aggressively protects his home range and resident females from other males. The jaguar hunts mostly on the ground, but it sometimes climbs a tree and pounces on its prey from above. It has very powerful jaws and sharp teeth and usually kills its prey with one crushing bite to the skull. Unlike most big cats, the jaguar loves the water — it often swims, bathes, plays and even hunts for fish in streams and pools. Like all members of the big cat family, jaguars can roar. The jaguar’s roar sounds like a deep, chesty cough.”
Their astonishing claws have also been seen in the forms of footprints around Añangu Village several times, which confirms the health of the rainforest and the good results of conservation carried out by the indigenous community for more than 20 years.
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VIDEO SOURCE: Tiputini Biodiversity Station