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Panthera onca


The jaguar (Panthera onca) is the largest predator in Central and South America and, as a consequence, fulfills an important role in the functioning of many different tropical ecosystems. Jaguars exist in distinct populations across a variety of habitats and regions. They are found in tropical and subtropical forests, semi deciduous forests, thorny forests, scrublands, savanna, and swamps. However, due primarily to land-use changes, habitat degradation, and habitat fragmentation, jaguars are now restricted to a fraction of their former range.


This picture was taken at Tiputini Biodiversity Station,a research station on a tract of undisturbed lowland rainforest within the ~2.7-million ha Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador. The station and nearby areas contain a variety of habitats including terra firme and várzea forest, palm swamps and other wetlands, as well as areas of natural succession that follow tree falls, wind throws, or other natural disturbances. Understory vegetation is typically fairly thick , so trails provide travel routes for many species.


This picture is part of a study where we use camera traps to document the occurrence and activity of jaguars within a local area (~650ha) in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. Don't forget to watch the video to see more of the amazing wildlife of the area!

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Awesome video Diego. Thanks for sharing.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

What an exquisite photo!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Great spotting, interesting video Diego .. fascinating to see the varied wildlife you've managed to capture on film.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Great spotting.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Marvelous spotting! Could you please add the scientific name: Panthera onca? The video showing the biodiversity in its habitat is wonderful; makes me happy we still have places like this on earth. Do you work with the station? If not, how did you get the footage? Thanks for sharing this with us!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Such a cool animal, you are so lucky to have seen one! Surely there was a story behind getting this shot? Having a story to go along with such an awesome animal always makes the spotting as a whole way better! If you ever have a story, feel free to share it in the notes section when making or editing a spotting :)

DiegoM 9 years ago

Will do Scott. Just started here, still learning all the options!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

A superb shot! Can you tell us about the habitat where you photographed this? Please use the Habitiat box. Thanks

Welcome to Project DiegoMosquera
Very nice first spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing
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AlbertKang 9 years ago

Wow, a great start with Project Noah with this first spotting!

Jae 9 years ago

Awesome capture, Diego.

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Provincia de Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on Oct 18, 2014
Submitted on Nov 13, 2014

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