When planning your expedition to Manu you will have many chances to find the largest feline of America.
The Incas named the jaguar Otorongo. In Cusco, heart of the Inca Empire, the image of the jaguar was part of the States´ code of arms of the Incas. Even today, the jaguar is highly respected among the Indians of the Amazon. Furthermore this animal has no natural predators.
The jaguar (Panthera onca) gets its name from the Indian word "jaguar", meaning "the one who kills when jumping." These animals often are launched directly from a branch, attacking from behind its prey.
With the length up to 2 meters and a weight ranging from 31 to 158 kilograms, the jaguar is found throughout the tropical forest and in the prairie from Mexico to Argentina. They are solitary animals, they hunt often at nights and frequently used paths made from men, leaving huge footprints on their way.
The jaguar is a large predator that feeds on deer’s, tapirs, capybaras, peccaries, sloths, alligators, turtles and fishes. In Manu, the jaguar has been seen hunting alligators near the shores of the lakes and oxbow lakes. Jaguar rarely attacks humans, however is not a good idea to run when you see one. It is preferable to keep still and emit a loud sound. Usually they prowl the Manu River, hoping to catch a capybara, an alligator or any river prey.
Do not miss the opportunity to see one and to take a photo of them with the help of your expert guide and be part our conservation efforts.
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