The jaguar is a large felid species and the only living member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas. With a body length of up to 1.85 m and weight of up to 96 kg, it is the largest cat species in the Americas and the third largest. Although populations of jaguar are abundant in some areas, this wild cat is threatened by illegal hunting, deforestation, and loss of wild prey.
Conservation groups estimate there are only 15k jaguars left. The fires ravaging the Amazon forest in Brazil and Bolivia have burned key habitats of at least 500 adult, resident jaguars as of Sept. 17, rendering them dead or homeless. In the past, healthy populations of jaguars were found from southwestern United States to Argentina. Currently, there are merely 64,000 Panthera onca specimens left in the wild, and almost 90% are confined to Amazonia, especially in Brazil.
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