(Panthera Onca)


Lowland forests, swampy savannas, or tropical rainforests; also found in Oak Pine woodlands, desert grasslands, conifer forests, rugged mountains, foothills, and river valleys.


Status: Endangered

Jaguars have been absent from California since approximately 1860.


Current Threats

Habitat loss and fragmentation drive remaining populations into small spaces near urban centers, where young males struggle to establish new territories and find mates. Other threats include illegal poaching and over-hunting for their fur, and depredation based on misguided beliefs about the Jaguar’s impact on humans and livestock.


Oakland Zoo's Role

We support ARCAS, an organization in Guatemala that rescues Jaguars from the illegal pet trade for rehabilitation and release into the wild. ARCAS was a Quarters for Conservation grant recipient in 2013, and received vital funding that was supported by Zoo visitors like you.


How Can You Help?

Help conserve Jaguars in the United States by supporting the creation and protection of wildlife corridors across the U.S./Mexico border. Contact your government representatives to express your approval of the Jaguar Corridor Initiative which supports Jaguar movement and genetic connectivity from Argentina to Mexico.


photo: Smithsonian Wild

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