From July 2017, the larger cat of the Americas has been spotted twice by two lucky groups of travelers visiting Napo Wildlife Center and Napo Cultural Center eco-lodge, in the Ecuadorian amazon. One of our naturalist guides who had the opportunity to share this great moment, reported to see it from the dugout canoe at Añangu stream. “It is the best experience one can have at Yasuni National Park, because the thick forest usually does not allow to see them as in other ecosystems like the savanna”. This top-level carnivore appears to have a new-born cub, therefore it is searching for food around the Añangu territory and nearby Tiputini area.
“Jaguars are solitary animals and live and hunt alone, except during mating season. The male’s home range is between 19 and 53 square miles and often overlaps with the smaller home ranges of multiple females. A male aggressively protects his home range and resident females from other males.
The jaguar hunts mostly on the ground, but it sometimes climbs a tree and pounces on its prey from above. It has very powerful jaws and sharp teeth and usually kills its prey with one crushing bite to the skull. Unlike most big cats, the jaguar loves the water — it often swims, bathes, plays and even hunts for fish in streams and pools. Like all members of the big cat family, jaguars can roar. The jaguar’s roar sounds like a deep, chesty cough.”