I know jaguars are dangerous, but part of me really wants to see them in the wild. This photo captures so much of the animal’s beautiful features.
PHOTOGRAPH BY VINCENT J. MUSI
Revered as a god by the ancient Aztec and Maya, the most powerful predator in Central and South America weighs up to 250 pounds. It’s the third largest cat, after tigers and lions.
Estimated wild population: At least 10,000
Population in zoos: 365
Status: Near threatened