SCIENTIFIC NAME: Panthera onca
HABITAT: Desert, semi-desert, grasslands, wetlands, and rain forests.Historical range includes much of the SW United States through Central and South America to Patagonia. Currently, breeding populations have been eliminated in the US and much of Mexico.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Near Threatened
Jaguars seem to need to stay near permanent bodies of water, where they will swim, hunt, and escape the heat. Jaguars are perhaps the most water loving of cats.