Adopt a jaguar

The elusive jaguar has been virtually wiped out from most of its northern range as we’re currently losing an area of rainforest around the size of three football pitches every minute in the Amazon.

Once found throughout south and central America, Jaguars now occupy less than half of their historical range.

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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor jaguar movement and protect their habitat.

Protect these incredible animals and receive:

Cuddly jaguar toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My jaguars magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Jaguars magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

Give a gift that will help protect the future of jaguars and their habitats


Map of jaguars range

They’re now found mainly in the Amazon and the Pantanal – a huge wetland area in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. About 90% of the jaguars’ current range is in the Amazon rainforest. Jaguars often live near water and are excellent swimmers – they’re able to cross large rivers.

Threats

90%of current rangeis Amazon rainforest

 

Habitat loss

 

In the Amazon an area the size of three football pitches is lost every minute. These forests are a key habitat for jaguars.

 

Jaguar silhouette

Loss of prey

People hunt the jaguars’ natural prey – so they see jaguars as competition for food. Also, due to the loss of habitat, jaguars sometimes kill cattle, so ranchers regard them as a pest.

Human silhouette

Poaching

Still poached for their paws, teeth and other parts, which are generally used in traditional medicines.

50%declinein historic range

 

Isolation

 

Deforestation not only reduces the amount of habitat available to jaguars, it also fragments it and isolates populations making them more vulnerable.

 


How we can help

We’ve worked in the Amazon for over 40 years. We help to establish landscape mosaics and habitat corridors for wildlife, and support protection of these areas. We also work with local communities and decision makers to help them understand the importance of particular habitats - to encourage them to preserve them.

We’re training local communities to monitor jaguars and other iconic Amazon species. The data they collect helps us to understand the jaguar’s range and status. This information is essential to help us influence decision makers to improve conservation measures in critical areas.

We work with local communities to reduce the problem of people and jaguars coming into conflict. For example, we’re helping to build livestock enclosures that will prevent jaguars attacking livestock. This will reduce retaliatory killings by ranchers.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • develop sustainable livelihoods, like low impact cattle ranching and ecotourism
  • train local communities to monitor jaguars and other iconic Amazon species.
  • build livestock enclosures that will prevent jaguars attacking livestock.
  • educate local communities about how important jaguars are with the aim of ending indiscriminate hunting.
  • work with local communities to reduce the problem of people and jaguars coming into conflict.
  • fund our other essential work around the world

Jaguars are excellent swimmers and are known to cross large rivers.


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