|Endangered Species: Jaguar
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Corey from Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.
Why Study This Topic?
I want to learn why the jaguar is the color it is,
and what it eats. I want to learn were the jaguar sleeps. I want to learn
were the jaguar lives.
What Was Already Known
Before I started this search, I already knew some
things about the jaguar. I already knew that the jaguar is the largest
of the new world cats. I also knew that the jaguar is a carnivore. I knew
that the jaguar is a cat. I knew that the jaguar is yellow with blak spots,
and that the jaguar lives in rain forests. These are the things I already
knew about the jaguar before I did my search.
Search for Information
To get the information for this search on the jaguar,
I had to look the jaguar up in books, encyclopedias, and on the computer.
I went to the public library and got four books.
The books were called Animal World, Cat World, Rare Mammals
of The World, and Peterson First Guides Mammals. I got four
pages from the computer. I got one from the Internet, and two from encyclopedias
on computers, and one from TecnhoZoo.
Description of Plant or Animal
The jaguar's color varies from pale yellow to reddish
brown. The jaguar has spots in the form of rosettes. Rosettes are circles
of spots with a spot in the middle. The belly is white with a single black
The jaguar is 84 inches long and 60 cenimeters high. It weighs
around two hundred pounds. That is what a jaguar looks like.
The jaguar eats many diffrent kinds of animals. When
a jaguar goes swimming, it eats capybaras, tapirs, crocodiles, and fish.
When a jaguar goes hunting on land, it may catch rodents, deer, sloths,
and sometimes cattle. This species of the jaguar gets its water from rivers
that run near by.
The jaguar's space of living is two through five
square miles long. The territory of the male is twice the size of the female.
The territory of the male overlaps the territory of many females. The female
wanders around until it finds a male to mate.
The last stronghold of the jaguar is Amazonia
near the Amazon rain forest, but it has been seen in the desert. The jaguar
used to live in the United States of America, but not any more.
The only natural enemy of the jaguar is man. It is
that way because the jaguar is so big and powerful. The way the jaguar
kills its prey is different than the way a tiger kills its prey. The jaguar
kills its prey by biting it in the head, which sends the jaguars teeth
into its victim's brain.
The jaguar is territorial and solitary. The jaguar
is one of the only cats that is fond of water, and spends most of its time
The jaguar is stronger than it is graceful, and
more powerful than it is fast. The jaguar has strong jaws, and can climb
Reasons for Endangerment
It is belived that there are a few hundred jaguars
left in Central America. The reason that the jaguar is endangered is deforestation,
persecution, and fur trapping. Fur trapping records show that in the 1960's
there was an annual slaughter of no fewer then 15,000 jaguars in the Amazon
alone. Today, 15,000 is probably not to far from the number of jaguars
left in the world. The jaguar ranged throughout much of the southern United
States until the early 1900s, but is extrapated there.
To help save the jaguar from extinction, the goverment
of South America set up refuges. The refuges protect the jaguars and other
animals from hunters and from lumberjacks that want to cut down their habitat.
Many jaguars were put in zoos all over the world, so that the jaguars can
breed freely. South America also made laws that say that it is illegal
to kill the jaguar.
What Was Learned
I learned that the way the jaguar kills its prey is
different than other wild cats. I also learned what rosettes (circle spots
with one spot in the middle) are, and I learned that the jaguar is the
third largest cat, only the tiger and lion are larger. I learned that the
jaguar can eat a crocodile, and that the size of the jaguar's territory
is two through five square miles long. I also learned that a jaguar pulled
a dead full-grown horse one mile, and that the jaguar can live in the desert.That
is what I learned doing this report. .
Conclusions From Research
One of the benefits I received from doing this report
is better research skills. Another benefit I got from doing this report
is self-confidence that I can hand in a well-written report on time. I
also learned where to go to get information for a report. I found out that
people in the world have to work together to save the jaguar.
Morris, D. (1997) Cat World, Peguin Group, Peguin
Books, U.S.A Inc. New York, New York, pages 233-234.
Kittiwake, H. (1995) Encyclopedia of the Animal World,
Bay Books Ltd., Sidney, Australia, page 1,030.
Alden,P.(1987) Peterson First Guides: Mammals,Houghton
Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachuesetts, page 46
Burton, A. John & Pearson Bruce, (1987). Rare
Mammals of the World, Viking Peguin Inc., New York, New York, page
Funk and Wagnall, (1984). New Encyclopedia, Funk
and Wagnall Corporation, USA, page 378.
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